Redberry Bush is a common, medium-sized bush that can be found throughout most of
Caelereth (with the exception of southern
Aeruillin. The Redberry plant got its name from its many small, tart and, more
importantly, red berries. The juice is used for cooking and is suitable for
seasoning stews. The juice is also one of the more important ingredients in the
Some people also make a jelly out of the berries, which taste good on steaks and
Appearance. After some years of growth, the clusters of Redberry-bushes will expand through the nearby area, joining other clusters, and thus creating small fields of Redberry plants. A Redberry plant might grow up to a fore tall, and an old plant might develop branches nearly a ped long.
The thick and hairy leaves are oval, and placed on the upper side of the branch, simply to get more of the sunlight. The leaves are green on the top, covered with some white hairs, while the underside is white and hairless.
|Picture description. A deer drinking from a river right beside the common redberry bush. Redberry bushes can be found throughout most of Caelereth. Image drawn by Quellion.|
In the spring, the Redberry bushes are covered with small white flowers.
The flowers attract bugs and insects with their nectar. The insects spread the
pollen quickly, and after some weeks, the last remnants of pollen are spread
with the wind. Some days later, the flowers lose their petals,
and the female plants create the small red berries. The berries are too tart to
eat before the autumn, and by then several birds and animals are already
feeding off them, reducing the numbers. The berries
drop off the plant about two weeks after they are
ripe. The berries that drop
off add new bushes to the cluster, and the berries
which are eaten are carried by the animals to create new clusters
Territory. The Redberry grows in small clusters throughout Caelereth (with the exceptions of southern Nybelmar and Aeruillin), usually at the bases of trees, rocks and other places where they are safe from at least some of the winds. They are able to thrive in most types of soil, but they don’t prefer it too dry, or full of sulphur.
Redberries don't need very much water, but it's not necessary to dry them up as they're no desert bush. Still, they drink what they’ll get, and with additional water comes additional growth.
Usages. From the Redberry’s fruit some make a rather tart juice, suitable to season meat and some soups. The juice is also one of the main ingredients in the ormelin (orm conservation fluid). Other people make jam or jelly out of Redberries, which tastes nice with steaks, chops and poultry.
Reproduction. The Redberry can reproduce in two ways: The standard "flowers and bees" style, where flying bugs and insects carry the pollen from the male flowers to the female ones, thus fertilizing the plant and enabling it to produce berries containing fertile seeds. When the berries are ripe, animals or birds eat them, and their wastes spread the small seeds that are within the berries.
The second way occurs when a Redberry bush dies. A Redberry bush might live for nearly 5 years before death. At the point of death, several lesser Redberry-bushes will emerge from the withered plant, slowly suffocating each other, until one is left. Then the process starts all over again.
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