The Prismalope and Butchertree from Wayne Douglas Barlowe’s “Expedition.”
The huge, female butchertree pokes her leaf-shaped tentacles up out of the ground until a Prismalope’s flicking tongues get caught on the barbs, then impales her prey on one of her huge arms and drains it of body fluids.
The male butchertree is a tiny flying creature closely resembling one of her false leaves, and will help draw Prismalopes into her feeding range.
This book was the basis for the television special “Alien Planet,” but the mockumentary seemed to have left out most of its strangest creatures. I grew up with this book and it’s still one of my favorites!
my tumblr needed more aliens who look like they crawled off a prog rock album cover, thank you bogleech