Disambiguation Links – Serenna veriformans (C/N)
An type of plant visually similar to the elephant ear plant (although it is unknown if the two plants are evolutionarily related) presumed by Dr. Ellie Sattler to be extinct since the Cretaceous period. Finding it on a road that led from the Isla Nublar helicopter pad to the dinosaur paddocks, she doubted its existence. Presumably, it was cloned by the InGen engineers to add a more authentic feel to Jurassic Park. It should be noted that this species of plant is fictional.
The name “veriform” translates to “true form” from Latin. Sattler’s use of the term suggests that the species belongs to a clade called Veriforma, which is fictional.
While only the leaf of the veriforman is seen, it is portrayed growing on plants several feet tall and with long, sturdy green stalks. The leaves themselves are broad, with a slightly serrated margin and roughly spade-shaped. They have reddish veins branching off of the center.
It is unknown where in the world the veriforman lived prior to its extinction in the Cretaceous period, but it must have coexisted with insects that drank its fluids in order for InGen to recreate it.
After its recreation, the veriforman grew in the southern region of Isla Nublar near the Jungle River’s southwestern reach. It is unknown if it grew anywhere else, but it may have been present in some herbivore paddocks as both decoration and a source of food. It is unknown if they were recreated on Isla Sorna, though it is likely that they were; however, there is no evidence that they were ever introduced to the wild there, or that they survived after the island was abandoned.
It is unknown if any survived until 2015, as none are seen at that time. If any did survive, or were created again, they would likely have been present in the Botanical Gardens. It is most likely that they became extinct during the 2019 volcanic eruption of Mount Sibo.
It is known that some insects fed on the fluids of this plant species during the Cretaceous period, as this is how InGen would obtain its DNA. However, it is not known if any modern insects favor this plant. It may have provided food to herbivores in the form of its large leaves, but none are depicted feeding on it.