Halak-Sun Blood Bloom bush
can vary from one fore to almost two
peds in height, depending on
age of the bush, distance from the shoreline, and whether or not it grows in a
sheltered area. The bush tends to be very thick, with a multitude of dark
sognastheen leaves, and the
outside of the bush is dotted with large flowers every couple of
spans across the surface.
Its scent is very lovely, and can be smelled at fair distances on the soft
breezes of its homeland. The blooms can be distilled down to a very rare, and
very expensive, fragrant perfume.
Picture description. View on one of the large and magnificent
blooms of a Halak-Sun Blood Bloom bush. Image
drawn by Hylphán.
The main "trunk"
of the Halak-Sun Blood Bloom
can produce an abundance of smaller branches, each with many
leaves. Leaves are on average four to six
nailsbreadth in length, and
two to three nailsbreadth
wide. They are not flat, but a wide "v" shape from side to side, allowing the
leaf to catch and hold water longer than a
flat leaf. This allows the rain to collect somewhat before running off either
end, enabling the water to dissolve salt
deposits left on the leaves by salt spray from the ocean.
Blooms, or flowers, vary in size by the size of the bush, and can grow to reach
almost a span across the
five large petals. The distinguishing feature of the flowers is the colouration:
a blood red center that fades out into
Korwyn gold, continuing
through injohue, to
styruine, making very
beautiful yellow petals, each overlapping the one to its left. The stigma and
stamen protrude on a single stem, at least three to four
nailsbreadth out of the
center of the Blood Bloom, making it easy for its primary pollinator, the
barking kecko, to become covered with its
Aeruillin red pollen. This
stem's colouration matches the petals - blood red at the center of the flower
and fading into bright styruine
towards the stigma and stamen.
The only place this plant can be found is on several of the
larger islands in the Scattersand
Shoals, located south-west of Cape
Strata, the southernmost tip of the
Sarvonian continent. This plant requires plenty of
sun, and a warm humid climate to survive.
Several attempts have been made to transplant it to Southern
Sarvonia, but without success. Even in its
native habitat, it is very difficult to get the plant to grow after
transplanting it, as farmers are discovering.
The Halak-Sun Blood Bloom would make a beautiful ornamental bush for around the
house - if you could transplant it! Its flowers are used to distill a very
fragrant perfume, which is very rare and expensive. Each small vial of perfume
requires an extraordinary number of blossoms to make. Because of this, the
perfume continues to be a very limited commodity.
The reproduction cycle of this flower depends on two different factors. First,
there must be enough rain in the area for the needle midge, a small, almost
invisible biting insect, to breed in sufficient numbers. This provides an
abundant, and favourite, food source for the small barking kecko
lizard, only two
nailbreadths in length.
Second, if the midge population is increased, then the Kecko population will
increase to match, and provide enough pollinators to ensure a good crop of
The Needle Midge is attracted by the sweet smell of the bloom. When it lands on
the center stem, among the pollen bearing stamen, they are held fast by a sticky
substance coating the stem. The barking kecko then crawls around amongst the
stamen, eating the midges. The sticky sap on the stem is not strong enough to
bother the lizard as it feeds.
As the lizard brushes up against the
stamen, the pollen sticks to the skin of the kecko, and is carried to the carpel
to fertilize the plant. After fertilization, the bloom dries up and falls away
one piece at a time. The center stem is the last to drop, splitting open as it
dries to reveal the fertilized seeds within.
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