Blood Orchid (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid)
The Blood Orchid is a plant that features in Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid.
The Blood Orchid, also known scientifically as Perrinia immortalis, was a plant that was native to the Padrang Province region of Borneo. These flowers had a short period where they bloomed where introduction of them into the body allowed increased cellular life thus allowing those that consumed them to have a greater lifespan. Amongst the native inhabitants that faced these reward were anaconda's that grew constantly in their lifespan until the day they died. The introduction of the Blood Orchid into their diet thus allowed them to grow to immense sizes and they served as local guardians to the plant.
It was first discovered by the modern world in 1892 by Haughton who was the last person to had seen it in the century. However, in 2004, samples of the plant were recovered by an exploratory team from Byron and Mitchell Research Limited that retrieved the plant from Borneo. The company faced possible liquidation until the findings of Perrinia immortalis was brought to the board. These directors sensed potential profit in this initiative and asked if Human trials could be conducted by the scientists in the presentation stated that this was not possible as their sample had degraded as a result of the study conducted on it. Thus, they asked that more samples be acquired with this being an urgent development as the plant remained blooming for another two weeks. As a result, the board agreed to launch an expedition to Borneo with the express task of recovering more of the Blood Orchid.
The expedition members entered the jungle during monsoon season and hired a local ship to aid them in travelling through the region. Unknown to them, they had arrived during the mating season of the local anaconda's that had grown to immense sizes as a result of the Blood Orchid. These snakes thus killed anyone that had arrived in the area and preyed on the expedition members. Dr. Jack Byron managed to reach a pit that contained a large number of Blood Orchids though this was in an area that contained a ball of male anaconda's that were mating with a female. Byron intended to collect his samples and asked his assistant Sam Rogers to fill her backpack with the Blood Orchid. The backpack, however, ends up nearly falling into the pit and a desperate Jack Byron attempted to reclaim it but incidently fell into the pit where he was devoured by the anaconda's thus ending any attempt at retrieving the plant.
These flowers gained their name for their blood red color and remained dormant for seven years whereupon it bloomed but only for a period of six months.
Amongst its notable qualities was its impact on the Hayflick limit that proposed that a cell was only capable of replicating 56 times before it died due to the buildup of toxins. According to Hayflick, this was the reason for living beings to die as the buildup of toxins ultimately led to the death of an organism. However, the use of Perrinnia immortalis was suggested to be capable of transcending the Hayflick limit that was deemed impossible by scientific minds in the 21st century. Data indicated that this was accomplished through a chemical within the Blood Orchid that significantly prolonged cellular life. This made the plant the pharmaceutical equivalent to the fabled Fountain of Youth.
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