Weird Old Art: The Ya-Te-Veo
Continuing our theme of the Lovecraftian in old art, I thought I'd offer another selection from Land and Sea by J. W. Breul (1887). Today's selection is the Ya-Te-Veo, a supposedly man-eating plant found in Central America and Africa that bears a distinct resemblance to Lovecraft's tentacle-bearing monsters. Its name translates literally from the Portuguese as "I see you." However, while this plant enjoyed a brief run of popularity, it does not actually exist. It perhaps derives from mangled and exaggerated tales of small, carnivorous plants like the Nepenthes raja, first discovered in 1858. (Or, less likely, encounters with Lovect Old Ones.) The Ya-Te-Veo is perhaps the first entry in the annals of cryptozoology's plant-based cousin, cryptobotany.
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