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« on: 02 January 2008, 00:11:53 »

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Rubyvine

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Vines & Creepers

Basic Overview of the Plant

This vine, growing exclusively in the Silvermarshes, whose name comes from its ruby red flowers, which glimmer slightly from the nectar of the flower on the petals. It grows predominantly in the Gemmed Curtain, another reason for its name. It has a quick growth rate, and if treated carefully, can be cultivate in gardens in other temperate climates. If moved it must be kept wet, as the leaves take in water instead of the roots, which exist purely for nutrients. Other than for looks the plant has been used before as a spice. The ground flower, when lightly shaken over food, gives it a spicier taste.

Description

Rubyvine consists of a central stem, measuring from one to two nailsbreadths in thickness. It can reach heights of up to 9 peds. From the main stem smaller growths, each sporting a few leaves, grow
. The stem is a rich emerald green, with the leaves being even stronger in hue, darker than the stem. The stem will clench onto the nearest vertical surface, using it as a way to gain height (Thus exposing its leaves to more light and water) without expending as much energy as other plants. However, once onto the surface, it will climb using the easiest way up. Another part of the vine are its “claws”. Along with the leaves, small claw shaped growths grow from the stem, gripping onto the vertical surface. These claws help to tether the vine, and give it good wind protection. The leaves are shaped like a cup, each around a palmspan is length and breadth, and can gather a few drops of water each. From here, the water appears to drain into the leaf, allowing the plant to survive with only a small patch of soil, with which to draw nutrients from.

In the Autumn and Winter, the plant takes on a different palette. The leaves, now unable to collect as much sunlight, wither, and only a few survive over the winter. Over Autumn, the claws grow at a more rapid rate, giving the plant extra protection from the harsher winds over this time. The stem keeps its color, though loses its slightly fleshy texture. Instead, it feels rougher. The stem also hardens a little, which is believed to happen to attempt to keep the plant in shape even if a few claws do not cling as tight as they should. During the summer, every three or four leaf growths gains a flower, each of the strong ruby red. The flower is shaped like a cup, like the leaves, but is considerably smaller, possibly three nailsbreadths at the most, averaging one and a half nailsbreadths. Within the flower, pollen and nectar is produced, giving the flowers a pleasant smell, sweet but not sickly.

A strange property of the plant is its ability to filter impurities from water. Silt, salt, dirt and other minute grains are filtered from the water by the leaves, leaving a small deposit in the leaf. This is normally washed out by rain, allowing the plant to collect water again at a greater rate.

Territory
Rubyvine grows in only one place in the wild – The Silvermarshes. However, it can be exported the gardens provided proper care is taken of it. It requires a rocky, vertical surface to climb, with water running down. In the Silvermarshes it grows mostly on the Gemmed Curtain, where both water and rocky vertical surfaces are plentiful. The soil must also be full of nutrients, though other than that, the plant grow equally well with loamy, silty or other kinds of soil.

Usages
This plants has only two uses. It can be used as a high-maintenance, though beautiful, garden decoration. However, transport of the plant must be delicately done. The plant will die if forcefully removed, and must be dug out, and carefully ripped out, careful not to break the stem, which will severely damage the plant, often beyond repair, causing the plant to die. Once removed, it must be kept partially in water. Due to this, it is often shipped by sea, giving it a ready supply of water, its leaves separating the salt from the water. For this, the plant is carefully shipped to Nyermersys, where is can board a ship, and be sailed to any other port easily.

The second use is the flowers. Should the flowers be collected and the nectar and pollen removed, then dried and ground into a fine dust, a pleasant tasting seasoning is made. When used on meat in particular it exaggerates the taste of the meal and gives it a spicy edge. However, the seasoning is not used in many kitchens, due to the cost of harvesting the wild flowers, and the difficulty cultivating the plant for private use.

Reproduction

The Rubyvine reproduces the same way as most plants, via pollination. The brightly colored flowers and sweet smelling nectar attract the many insects of the Silvermarshes, causing cross pollination. Once the seeds have been created, they are knocked from the flower by the water flowing over the plant, and hopefully dispersed in a suitable place for growth.

Myth/Lore

There is a lack of myths about this plant, mainly due to the fact the region is not heavily colonized. However, there is a popular Mullog story concerning it, usually told to children seeking an adventure to be told. The story tells of a Mullog male, who, while out hunting for animals for skins for his community, stumbled too far from his village. Wandering lost, he survived on the food he found. He eventually reached the Gemmed Curtain. Finding the Rubyvine to be a useful food, he also found it to have a greater use. Climbing up the densely covered rock using the vines, he managed to get high enough to view over the trees, and could locate his village. It is said he took small cuttings of the plants with him, though lost some along the way. It is because of this Rubyvine is found in small colonies around the swamps, not just in the Gemmed Curtain.
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« Reply #1 on: 17 January 2008, 22:09:24 »

Wow, a beautiful and specialised plant.  I can see it gracing a water feature in a nobleman's garden, his daughters picking the flowers to wind into their hair or give to a favoured suitor.

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Rubyvine

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Vines & Creepers

Basic Overview of the Plant
This vine, growing exclusively in the Silvermarshes, is named so for its ruby red flowers (whose name comes from its ruby red flowers), which glimmer slightly from the nectar (of) the flower on the petals. It grows predominantly in the Gemmed Curtain, another reason for its name. It grows quickly (repetition of grows – maybe “It has a quick growth-rate”?), and if treated carefully, can be moved to (can also be cultivated in) gardens in other temperate climates. If moved, it must be kept wet, as the leaves take in water, rather than the roots, which exist purely for nutrients (lots of commas = breathless reader :P.  Maybe use “instead of the roots” which doesn’t really need a comma before it) Other than for looks, the plant has been used before as a spice, the ground flower, when lightly shaken over a meat, gives it a spicier taste. (Same comma issue – could you split the sentence into two?)

Description
Rubyvine consists of a central stem, measuring from one to two nailsbreadths in thickness, and heights of up to 9 peds have been recorded,  from which smaller growths, each sporting a few leaves, grow from. (Again, split the sentence into two) The stem is a rich emerald green, with the leaves being an even stronger green (being even stronger in hue?), darker than the stem. The stem will clench onto the nearest vertical surface, using it as a way to gain height (Thus exposing its leaves to more light and water) without expending as much energy as other plants. However, once onto the surface (once it is attached to the service) , it will climb using the easiest way up. Another part of the vine are its “claws”. Along with the leaves, small claw shaped growths grow (sprout?) from the stem, gripping onto the vertical surface. These claws help to tether the vine, and give it good wind protection. The leaves are shaped like a cup, each around a palmspan is length and breadth, and can gather a few drops of water each. From here, the water appears to drain into the leaf, allowing the plant to survive with only a small patch of soil, (I don’t think you need a comma here) with which to draw nutrients from.

In the Autumn and Winter, the plant takes on a different palette. The leaves, now unable to collect as much sunlight, wither, and only a few survive over the winter. Over Autumn, the claws grow at a more rapid rate, giving the plant extra protection from the harsher winds over this time. (If the plant can’t get any energy because its leaves have died, how is it increasing its growth rate?) The stem keeps its color, though loses its slightly fleshy texture. Instead, it feels rougher. The stem also hardens a little, which is believed to happen to attempt to keep the plant in shape even if a few claws do not cling as tight as they should. During the summer, every three or four leaf growths gains a flower, each of the(se) strong ruby red. The flower is shaped like a cup, like the leaves, but is considerably smaller, possibly three nailsbreadths at (the) most, averaging one and a half nailsbreadths. Within the flower, pollen and nectar is produced, giving the flowers a pleasant smell, sweet but not sickly.

A strange property of the plant is its ability to filter impurities from water. Silt, salt, dirt and other minute grains are filtered from the water by the leaves, leaving a small deposit in the leaf.  (Its quite normal for rain to leave a deposit on anywhere the drops sit for a long time because of evaporation.  How do the researchers know this is different?) This is normally washed out by rain, allowing the plant to collect water again at a greater rate.

Territory
Rubyvine grows in only one place in the wild – The Silvermarshes. However, it can be exported (into) gardens provided proper care is taken of it. It requires a rocky, vertical surface to climb, with water running down. In the Silvermarshes it grows mostly on the Gemmed Curtain, where both water and rocky vertical surfaces are plentiful. The soil must also be full of nutrients, though other than that, the plant grow equally well with loamy, silty or other kinds of soil.

Usages
This plants has only two uses. It can be used as a high-maintenance, though beautiful, garden decoration. However, transport of the plant must be delicately done. The plant will die if forcefully removed, and must be dug out, and carefully ripped out, careful not to break the stem, which will severely damage the plant, often beyond repair, causing the plant to die. (I would split this comma-filled sentence into two.  Also, “ripped out” implies breaking the stem, maybe “pulled out” instead) Once removed, it must be kept partially in water. Due to this, it is often shipped by sea, giving it a ready supply of water, its leaves separating the salt from the water. (Instead of repeating the word “water”, how about using “liquid” instead) For this, the plant is carefully shipped to Nyermersys, where is can board a ship (where who can board a ship?), and be sailed to any other port easily.

The second use is the flowers. Should the flowers be collected and the nectar and pollen removed, then dried and ground into a fine dust, a pleasant tasting seasoning is made (it makes a pleasant, tasty seasoning)  When used on meat in particular it exaggerates the taste of the meal and gives it a spicy edge. However, the seasoning is not used in many kitchens, due to the cost of harvesting the wild flowers, and the difficulty cultivating the plant for private use.

Reproduction
The Rubyvine reproduces the same way as most plants, via pollination. The brightly colored flowers and sweet smelling nectar attract the many insects of the Silvermarshes, causing cross pollination. Once the seeds have been created, they are knocked from the flower by the water flowing over the plant, and hopefully dispersed in a suitable place for growth. (germination?)

Myth/Lore

There is a lack of myths about this plant, mainly due to the fact the region is not heavily colonized. However, there is a popular Mullog story concerning it, usually told to children seeking an adventure to be told. The story tells of a Mullog male, who, while out hunting for animals for skins for his community, stumbled too far from his village. Wandering lost, he survived on the food he found. He eventually reached the Gemmed Curtain. Finding the Rubyvine to be a useful food, he also found it to have a greater use (discovered a greater use for it). Climbing up the densely covered rock using the vines, he managed to get high enough to view over the trees, and could locate his village. It is said he took small cuttings of the plants with him, though lost some along the way. It is because of this Rubyvine is found in small colonies around the swamps, not just in the Gemmed Curtain.


I hope that helps you :)
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