Is Prey's Orange Flower Real? And How Dangerous Is It?

Warning! SPOILERS for Prey.

A mysterious orange flower becomes Naru's secret weapon in Prey when she gets hunted down by a Predator – here is everything we know about the medicinal flower and how Naru uses it to her advantage. Initially, Naru and her fellow tribe members succumb to the Predator's prowess. Using otherwordly technology and sheer strength, Prey's Predator (aka Yautja) single-handedly dominates armies of men and does not give Naru the opportunity to have an upper hand. However, Naru later capitalizes on her sharp wit and survival instincts and deduces a perfect plan to overpower the fortress-like creature. That is when the vital role of her orange flower comes into the picture.

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Before the flower becomes one of the key ingredients of Naru's win against the Predator, Prey establishes that Naru has learned about it from her mother and almost always keeps some of it at her disposal. A few other scenes in Prey also show that Naru either asks injured warriors to ingest the flower or directly applies it to their open wounds. Since it is set in the 18th century, Prey never delves into the science behind the flower's workings. However, many subtle details throughout its runtime explain how Naru does an incredible job at leveraging its many benefits during her battle against the Predator.

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Since Naru and her mother use a local name, "orange tutsia," to describe the flower, it is hard to determine whether it is real or only exists in Prey's universe. However, with that said, the flower seems to share many similarities with Calendula plants. Just like the ones depicted in Prey, Calendula flowers are bright orange in color and have been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for centuries. During the Civil War, the flower was also used for stopping blood flow from battle wounds, just like Naru uses it to treat one of the French fur trappers after the Predator slashes his leg. Other than that, Calendula flowers have also been known for breaking fevers and treating severe infections, which could explain why Naru gives it to injured warriors and applies it to their wounds. Despite its many benefits, it is always advisable to use Calendula or any other similar natural products after consulting a doctor since they may trigger some dangerous side effects such as allergic reactions and drowsiness (via Drugs).

How The Orange Flower Works In Prey

Orange Flower in Prey

Several moments in Prey show the world from the Predator's perspective. These brief moments reveal that the Predator's vision abilities only seem to function in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Put simply, this implies that the Predator heavily relies on the heat differentials in its surroundings but has a hard time distinguishing between things that share the same temperature. Since the normal temperature of the human body is fairly constant, the Predator uses its ability to draw a distinction between humans and their surroundings.

Naru becomes invisible to the Predator when she ingests the orange flower because the flower reduces her body temperature. It likely does so by dilating her blood vessels, which allows blood to flow to her skin's surface and remove heat from her body's core. Once her temperature goes down and becomes relatively equal to that of her surroundings in Prey's ending moments, the Predator is unable to tell her apart from inanimate objects when she is standing still. This way, the orange flower becomes an effective camouflage for Naru, which ultimately highlights the biggest weakness of Prey's almost perfect Predator.

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