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Beauregard

Beauregard

Beauregard (also known as "Gertrude") was an animate, carnivorous plant kept in the botany section of the Life Sciences Department aboard the USS Enterprise by Yeoman Janice Rand, who also named it, in 2266.

The plant seemed to purr in her presence, and became agitated when it sensed that a salt vampire had boarded the ship. Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, who studied the plant and was responsible for its keeping, insisted that "Gertrude" was a more appropriate name. (TOS: "The Man Trap")

Beauregard was performed by puppeteer Bob Baker. The Star Trek Encyclopedia (2nd ed., p. 39) suggests that the plant may have been named after Star Trek makeup artist Frederick Beauregard Phillips.
In the final draft script of "The Man Trap", Beauregard was described as "a large, undulating plant, swaying with sentient life and gives off a chiming, melodic hum, like a harmonium."
The Worlds of the Federation identifies it a Beauregard Weeper from the planet Zeta Reticuli A. The Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual gives its scientific name as Terrestrius manus.

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