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    On the Origin of Species: Gloom and Vileplume: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémon

    In another column exploring the likely cultural and zoological origins of Pokémon species, we take a look at Gloom and Vileplume.

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    At last! Another "On the Origin of Species" article! Anyway, the Raffelsia is indeed a really strange flower, since it isn't really one. I live in South East Asia, so that's why I am familiar with them.

    By the way, George, what happened last week that required you to postpone the article?
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    Great article.

    And who among us can honestly say that they wouldn't want a corpse flower in their garden?

    Hmm... Maybe it's just me, then.
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    Good article as always, George....although you should have mentioned the fact that while the Raffelsia dosnt have Chlorophyll, Gloom and Vileploom do: they have the ability of the same name, and Synthesis.

    Unless you did mention it and I just didnt notice.

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    Wow, Vileplume really looks like that flower.

    Great article.

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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Gloom and Vileplume: Investigating the inspirations beh

    I've always known about this flower, and I loved that two cool Pokemon are based on it.

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    I want a corpse flower in my garden. It'll go nicely with the pitcher plants and venus fly traps.

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    Never really cared too much for the Oddish line but a great article.

    The flower on Venusaur's back also looks like a Rafflessia.

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    Oh Vileplume, I remember last year when I studied you in my science textbook. Almost had a heartatack when I saw your giant flower.
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    Wow, I had never heard of this flower... quite odd...

    Now, the question on everyone's mind... how does Bellossom tie into this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon View Post
    Now, the question on everyone's mind... how does Bellossom tie into this?
    I'm pretty sure it doesn't.


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    Default Re: On the Origin of Species: Gloom and Vileplume: Investigating the inspirations beh

    Well I was just wondering what it was based on... since it evolves with a stone from the sun (implying photosynthesis...) rather than a leaf stone (which can relate to it's parasitic nature of sucking the life out of leaves).

    Though with it being unrelated to Oddish, I am not surprised if it's also unrelated to Bellossom. Just thought I'd throw my inquiries out there.

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    I'm pretty sure that the descision to make it an alternate evolution to Gloom was made after Belossom was fully designed. Thats what I think.

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    Another great article. Rafflesias are indeed very intriguing. And I've always liked Gloom and Vileplume's design. It's really a shame that they're threatened.

    Maybe you could do Bellossom next?

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    Cool Flower. I want one

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