This so-called plant is clearly not of this world. It only blooms in the month of June. Soon the pods will hatch and…uh oh…maybe they already have. Deja vu Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Keep an eye out for the Pod People, people.
How did it get here, you ask? Well, spores get embedded in space shuttle tiles. The searing heat of re-entry activates them. When the shuttle returns to Cape Canaveral, they fall off, take root in the humid subtropical jungle called “Merritt Island”. The salty ground water is lifeblood to them. Their spines keep the wildlife away. Then–when you are asleep–they…well you know the story.