Once there was an unknown plant deep, deep in the forest. It was but a small bud and no one knew of it but one girl. She walked deep into the forest, and watered the small seedling. The plant grew voraciously, feeding off of the other plant’s nutrients and absorbing all the sunshine in the glade. Soon it was the tallest flower in the whole forest, towering over all the malnourished plants, a perennial giant.
When spring came around, the flower blossomed wonderfully. Everyone came to see it, and praised it for its wonderful, lush green leaves and beautiful blooming flowers. The plant brought happiness to those who saw it, and many botanists came and snapped pictures, admiring this wondrous plant. On their way out, they stepped on all the other plants in the glade.
After a great many experiments, botanists found that another type of plant would thrive best in the glade and sprinkled more seeds into the earth. These new seedlings were treated with the utmost care; scientists from around the globe came to water them and examine their growth. Of course, every time they visited they would always enthuse about the wonderful plant that only kept climbing higher. Its waxy green leaves were almost touching the sky, and the air was infused with a sweet scent. The other plants in the glade were all but forgotten.
All at once, the small sprouts burst out of the ground, blooming even bigger, brighter and better than the first plant. They burst forth, bringing with them the sweetest fragrance. The delicate buds unfurled and spread their powder pink hues across the forest. From all four corners of the globe, scientists came and viewed the flowers with great admiration, appreciating the beauty and uniqueness of each individual plant. The first plant was now the shortest of the lot, and a few botanists shook their heads in disappointment. It was not worthy of their scrutinizing eyes anymore.
This species was invasive, taking down and destroying the other plants in the glade, including the formerly beautiful flower. It began to show signs of damage, slowly withering and crumbling away. Now, the new species took the nutrients of all the shrubs, flowers and trees around them and slowly, the forest that was so full of life before, was dying.
Quivering, the plants of the forests were gradually ebbing away, and there was a vast expanse of the invasive new plant. On and on, there was row upon row of uniform pinkish blossoms. Still, the botanists turned a blind eye and cultivated the plant, allowing it to flourish. The plants thrived under their care, growing higher and higher. Where was the unknown plant, first of their kind? Hidden underneath all the foliage, it was there trying to penetrate through the impossibly thorny barrier the other plants had created.
One day, an unknown woman wandered through this field, and she walked for hours through the endless rows until she suddenly uncovered the unknown plant. The woman was amazed by what she saw.
The unknown flower was still alive despite all the complications.