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The quaffler fig is actually a 3-part system, comprised of a hollow vine, a series of fig pods, and a large bowl-shaped basin, in which one can often find Electra rays. Water can be pumped by the vines from the basin to the rest of the plant, and can be stored in large quantities in the pods. When filled, the plant closes a set of sharp thorns over the opening to prevent animals from taking the water. The curve of the thorns is similar to a common raccoon trap, where they can reach in, but pulling back out causes the thorns to dig into the creature's wrist. Should a drought ever occur, the pods would be capable of supplying the necessary water to the plant for an extended period of time.