WEEDS OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

A weed is defined as a common plant or herb which may or may not be useful, but in any event grows where it is not wanted. Assorted useful and even beautiful plants (plantain, dandelion) may fall into this category since they spread quickly or compete with others.

Overview. The following weeds have been recorded so far in the Compendium:

BANDIT'S LEAF, THE ("STEAL WEED")
This odd weed is also known as "Steal Weed" and "Leech Leaf" amongst farmers and is one of the worst problems they have to face while growing crops. Bandit’s Leaf is famous for its strange method of reproduction and its parasitic nature. Some people say that the Steal Weed was imported from Santerran coastal forests where you can find a larger but less dangerous version of its Sarvonian relative. Although the plant has several usages, it can for instance be smoked and the fruits can be eaten, it is very rare considering it can be only found in certain areas on Caelereth and many believe that it’s an ill omen when found in farmer’s fields.
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FIREWEED, THE ("PARIYA'S NET")
Fireweed (also known as "Pariya's Net"s, "Mermaria's Grace") is a brightly hued sea weed, native to the shores and seas of the continent of Aeruillin, making its home never farther than 10 peds from shore. These slimy plants are home to many of Aeruillin's sea-creatures and provide food, clothing and other goods to the people of this vast land. Return to the top
 

HEMATIA WEED, THE ("FOOTSBANE FLOWER")
Hematia (also called "Footsbane Flower" or "Rik'jyrl" in Kuglimz-Seitre) is a nasty, thorny plant, growing low to the ground, and killing almost every plant within a ped of its seed pod. It spreads quickly, and can cover perries in mere months. Hematia has a strong, fibrous root that is great for making cord and thread. The plant grows mainly in the North of Sarvonia, but has been seen more than once in the South, as well as in Nybelmar. It grows from treeline to sea-level, except where the water would submerge it more than once a year. Return to the top
 

MUTLIWEED, THE
The Mutliweed has one of the largest ranges of any other plant, found nearly on every continent and island in the world, though is is more commonly found in Northern Sarvonia. The plant produces a nut, the Mutnut, which is where the weight value of the mut (equaling 1/100 of a heb) originated from. Though the plant, which often appears as a bush, is small, it has deep roots, making it difficult to get rid of.
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POERITT WEED, THE ("WEEPBERRY")
The Poeritt (PO-air-ritt), also called Weepberry, Cloudface, Rainflower, Greygrass, is known for its soft gray flower that may remind some of a cloudy sky. These elegant flowers always hang with their faces looking downwards, towards the earth, and have long, slender leaves resembling blades of grass. The berries of the Poeritt are small and gray and, though not commonly used in culinary applications, can be used for dying or staining, and even for tattooing. These flowers are found mainly in hilly plains in Northern Sarvonia.
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PTORIA WEED, THE ("EMIGRANT WEED")
The Ptoria Weed is known for its strange appearance, looking like a small, quite straight bush with spiky thorns, and its incredibly fast rate of spreading. Over the years, it has spread all over the lands of Southern Sarvonia, and therefore it is sometimes referred to as the “Emigrant”. It is also known for its defensive uses, using the smell, thorns, and size to ward off animals. Return to the top
 

SKYWEED, THE
The Skyweed plant, a bush-like weed with no real site constraints, is often a nuisance to gardeners working at high altitudes. Although this gray-blue plant is very feathery and fragile, it grows extremely quickly. However, Skyweed also has many uses: One can produce ropes from the weed's light vines or use the vanilla-like berries for syrup. Return to the top
 

SNAKEWEED, THE
Quick-spreading invasive plant with tenacious rootsystem. Tiny green tendrils above ground, small poisonous berries and faintly-haired leaves. This plant is not only useless but dangerous. Rootsystem chokes out other plants, vines are strongly acidic and will scald human skin on contact. Ground must be burnt, dug through with lime, and replanted with a cleansing herb for three years.
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TANGLEWEED, THE ("BINDWEED", "SNAGFOOT")
Due to its habit of growing flat to the ground underneath the other vegetation, you won't be aware of this dark green plant until you step on it, and by that time it will be too late as you will probably be lying face down in the mud with its sticky tendrils wrapped around your ankles. Tangleweed (also known as "Common Tangleweed", "Bindweed" or "Snagfoot") consists of a short central stem with numerous vine-like shoots growing in all directions away from the plant, up to two peds in length. Small, sticky pads are situated along the length of each tendril and are used to catch prey.

Each night, a small white flower emerges from the centre of the plant. The flower is shaped like a slender funnel and smells of rotting meat. When insects enter the flower they are trapped inside and get stuck in a pool of the same sticky substance found on the tendrils, where their juices can be absorbed by the plant.
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TANGLEWEED, THE VENLAKEN ("MIRA'S BANE")
This large, meat-eating plant was discovered only a few years ago, growing in the marshland area of southern Nybelmar known as the Tears of Askanis. It has a voracious appetite, and is capable of actively seeking out prey if none presents it with an easy meal by walking into it. So far, the only person to have researched the plant is its discoverer, Miraran Tehuriden, and it is he who must be thanked for providing much of the information contained within this description. Return to the top
 

The Tareptail

TAREPTAIL WEED, THE ("SNOWPUFF")
Tareptail is a common, low-growing bi-ennial flowering weed, bane of the gardeners of New-Salantha and the source of much mischief for children. It can be found wilder near the Sharadon Forest, particularly in places of mild habit and has some use in cooling teas and aids to fluid expulsion. Tareptail Weed is also referred to as Common Whiteball, Snowpuff, Wet-a-Weed and Mothers-Scorn. Return to the top
 

THAR'OC WEED, THE
This common plant of the mid- and southern regions of Santharia is known to many for its use in a revigorating draught, and its peculiar side-effects on orcs. Many farms and settlements have a small patch of this little flowering plant somewhere in a sheltered corner, and so do many orcs, even though its use might be frowned upon by some of their tribe members. Its name is orcish in origin, a simple contraction of the words Tharian and Oc, denoting a weed associated with Santharian orcs. Return to the top
 

TIE-VINE, THE
Also called Weed-Rope or Ihoo-eirr-rroh in Browniin. Prolific spreading gold vine. Flexible segments about three to five fores long marked by darker reddish grooves from which fine white tendrils sprout and hold the vine against its preferred surface (usually other trees’ bark). Total length often six to nine peds. Inconspicuous reddish flowers. Propagates easily by contact rooting.

This is the well-known “weed-rope” of the Brownies. Elevators, zip lines, complicated trip-line traps, and many other technological conveniences have been created using various woods, the sturdy leaves of the Parpalm and Tie-vine’s long tendrils. Wolf Willow is also used where length is not as important as tensile strength. The vine is rapidly pulled through a gloved hand or drilled stone circle to strip the tendrils, then treated with a herbal solution to render it permanently flexible. May also be left untreated to shrink into a solid bond.
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The Yrom Shrub

YROM SHRUB, THE ("HEATHER")
The Yrom is a family of altitude loving evergreen shrubs of Sarvonia, carrying small flowers. It is found from the very tip of Northern Sarvonia to the southern Mithral Mountains. Yrom is the Styrásh term for the plant (Yrom), which is also in common use by other races. The Tharian word for the same plant is Heather, though it is only in use in the Northern Sarvonia provinces of Vardýnn and Nermeran. Yrom is commonplace on the Steppelands of Southern Sarvonia and is an important plant of highland regions, but it is also found on the lowland moors of Northern Sarvonia. Deer and many smaller animals depend on Yrom for food and cover. Return to the top
 

VHIN, THE
Also called Smokeweed. A desert plant with thin, ragged leaves sprouting directly from a central pale white tuber. Vhin's leaves are a yellowish-beige colour which blends perfectly with the sand in which it grows. Smokeweed is difficult to spot but easy to harvest. It dries quickly in the desert heat once separated from its water-storing tuberous root (the water is potable but addictive, as it contains many of the same chemicals which make vhin so appealing to smokers). It is treated in two ways: braided while still damp into a long tube, which is then sliced into finger-length cylinders and left to mature, or shredded and dried for pipe-smoke. Return to the top


 Date of last edit 2nd Rising Sun 1672 a.S.

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