Botany

Notable Plants

Braizewood – The slender braizewood tree reaches an average height of 40 feet, with branches growing at a characteristic 45-degree angle from the trunk. The hard bark is reddish brown in color. The narrow toothed leaves are often ten inches in length. The wood harvested from this tree is both hard and heavy. If carefully seasoned and dried the wood will have the strength of soft iron. The wood of the braizewood is highly prized for staves and furniture.

DriftFlower – These plants grow light, delicate flowers. The petals are long and straight and have considerable aerodynamic properties. When mature, the flowers break free. Borne by the wind, the gliding flower can travel for miles before landing and taking seed. The movement does not seem aimless, either, as if there is an intelligence guiding the DriftFlower to beneficial updrafts and strong winds. Flocks of hundreds of them have been seen, individual flowers ranging from six inches to two feet across. DriftFlowers would be nothing more that an oddity, except upon occasion lost travellers have been lead to safety by following driftflowers.

Kala – This is a squat fruit-bearing tree, rarely gaining ten feet in height. The kala tree has a rough bark, and their branches and leaves produce a irritating resin which causes itching. The fist-sized kala fruit is produced throughout the warm years. This fruit is light brown and has bright red spots when fully ripened. Ripe fruit is chewy and sweet, while unripe fruit is putrid and can causes severe cramps if consumed.

Fairy Bane – A variety of creeper, the plant is characterized by long leafy tendrils and tiny blue blossoms. The flowers bloom near the festival of Whistwine, or Fairy Glamour. Worn or otherwise used as a garland, the plant will act as a deterrent to all sorts of fairy, who are offended by the odor of its flowers. In all candor, the fragrance of Fairy Bane is unlikely to attract admirers of any race.

Whistwine – Also known as Fairy Glamour, Whistwine is a sweet and tasty drink. Although it contains little alcohol, Whistwine is considerably more dehabitalating than other libations. The drink is a potent aphrodisiac and somewhat narcotic. Whistwine also gives its name to a festival that invariably occurs at the end of its yearlong maturing process. The festival occurs at the end of the wet season, just after the last of the essential fruits have been harvested. The actual day of the celebration varies from one location to another. Indeed, a popular bard’s tale tells of a traveler who spent ten days on the road and took part in ten Whistwine celebrations.

Botany

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