|Binomen||Unknown (probably inexistent)|
|Habitat||Northern part of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico (map)|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Created by||Scott Smith|
"Vines" are an unnamed species of parasitic vines that appears in the book/film The Ruins.
There are three ways that normal plants can reproduce. Most plants reproduce by making seeds. Making seeds requires pollination, and pollination requires animals, birds, insects, etc., to carry the pollen from one plant to another. Since living creatures avoided the vines, pollination between flowers on the vines could only occur by wind transport.
Other plants can spread underground by sending runners (also known as stolons), like the grasses, or by growing tubers or bulbs, like potatoes and onions.
A third method of spreading is by walking, where the plant produces offshoots, like vines, that take root wherever they touch ground. The vines at the ruins could have reproduced and/or spread by any of these means.
A fourth way the vines seemed to be spreading is by producing offshoots that take root whenever they touch skin. Then, like some insects, they burrow into the skin and grow inside the host.
In Mayan Culture
Since the ruins are Mayan ruins, the vines are probably related with their culture. One of the theories says that the vines may have acquired their taste for blood from Mayan sacrifices, other suggests that the Mayans may have—as the present day's natives may do—worshipped them like a god or something divine (although containing them with salt to prevent any more deaths).