THE REDBERRY BUSH

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - REPRODUCTION

The Redberry Bush is a common, medium-sized bush that can be found throughout most of Caelereth (with the exception of southern Nybelmar and 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 ormelin (orm conservation fluid). Some people also make a jelly out of the berries, which taste good on steaks and with poultry.

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.

The Redberry
View picture in full size 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 elsewhere. Return to the top

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.
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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.
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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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