Last night I caught the three episodes of the 1981 BBC dramatization of John Wyndham’s apocalyptic novel, The Day of the Triffids (1951). It’s hard to give a summary of the story without feeling you’re giving something away, but I can at least identify the “triffids” of the title:

Triffids are very strange fictional plants, capable of rudimentary animal-like behaviour: they are able to uproot themselves and walk, possess a deadly whip-like poisonous sting, and may even have the ability to communicate with each other.

Day of the Triffids

BlindnessJose SaramagoTriffids

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