THE LIFEREED ("MULLOG-REED")

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - REPRODUCTION

Lifereed (also "Life Reed" or "Mullog-Reed") is one of the most important plants for the mullogs. They use it to construct their humble huts and shacks, cut blowpipes and whistles from it and store the fruits for a food source for the winter. Lifereed is a common reed, that abundantly grows in rivers, swamps and lakes. Mullogs excel at finding the strongest and healthiest specimens to use.

The Lifereed
View picture in full size Image description: The sturdy Mullog-Reed found throughout the Silvermarshes. Picture by Faugar.

Appearance. Above the water, only the stem of the reed can be seen, but this is only 1/2 of the actual reed. These stems are quite strong and flexible, which makes them quite hard to break, but easy to bend. Its color can range from yellow to brown. When the reed stands in clear and clean water, the stem is yellow, but if the water gets dirtier and muddier, the stem goes from yellow to light green, to dark green and then to brown. The stem springs from its roots in the river's soil. Most of these roots are below the surface and keep the stem firmly into the ground, while they also extract nutrients from the soil. However, some of the roots are slightly curved and appear again above the surface. These roots have little probes, which float around in the water. These probes extract nutrients and minerals from the water. On top of the stem the reed carries a single deep-blue or violet flower. This flower is part of the reproductive system. But this flower only appears in spring. In autumn and winter, the plant carries its seeds in a cornshaped fruit on top of the stem. Filled with a special liquid, it can withstand low temperatures. In summer, the flower is changed into the fruit.

Lifereed has no real special ablities. Lifereed just has the ability to adapt its color to the clearness of the water and its incredible flexibility.
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Territory. Lifereed is a common reed, that abundantly grows in rivers, swamps and lakes. Can be found all over the Sarvonian continent.
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Usages. Mullogs are the ones who use Lifereed the most. They have given it its name, because their lives depend heavily on the reed. If they don't live in caverns, they build their homes from the reed. And because it carries fruit in winter, they can harvest and store it. Humans are also known to use Lifereed. Farmers cover the roofs of their homes with it. Citizens can measure the amount of dirt in the city wells and canals. And when bathed in salt water for a good fortnight, Lifereed is so hard it can be used to construct simple walls or make simple spears from it. Also, together with various other ingredients, the flower of Lifereed can be boiled and used as a cure for a small headache.
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Reproduction. The main part of the reproduction system is the flower. A flower can both receive and create pollen, but can't fertilize itself. Therefore it has a deep-blue or violet color and a distinguished odour to attract bees, which then carry the pollen from flower to flower and thus fertilize the reed. Once a plant has been fertilized, the flower changes into a crop. First, the flowerleaves curve until they touch each other and have formed a little knob. In this knob, the seeds are stored. Then the flowerleaves harden and protective layers will start to cover them. Some of these layers have veins, in which the anti-freeze liquid will be stored. The crop is ready when it's approximately a handspan long and two fingers thick.
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