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« on: 01 October 2010, 12:14:38 »

"I have just figured out that 'Songgrass' does not exist yet, or 'Windgrass' as I called it in the Nightshade Carnival.  However, in the overview of tropical plants we DO have the Windsong.  My confusion is understandable.

 I am formally reserving the Windsong entry to flesh out as our Caelerethian bamboo (to which there are also references on the site, so I may as well incorporate that name as well....)"   (copied from the Nehtor Dances thread)

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WINDSONG, THE
Importance. Bamboo variant with pierced holes.

Summary. Windsong (HinvwenJual, Ahoo-ohoh-ahoo, Avásh'aleána or Avásh'aleána) is a fascinating giant grass that resembles bamboo, or a giant horsetail fern, but perforated naturally with multiple small holes. The segmented stalks grow as high as several stories, with tiny fingerlet roots sprouting from each segment, which extract nourishment seemingly from the air.

This plant is striking enough to have names in four languages. All the names reflect the property which these growths have of catching wind and resonating it through their stalks, like bamboo pipes. A slight breeze will produce only a faint whispering, while a good stiff wind makes the Windsong grove echo like an entire choir of tenor angels, crooning back and forth in eerie harmony. Travellers enjoy the sound, but people tend not to live too close to large groves.

Certain hermits have developed the art of pruning Windsong so that it is "tuned", snipping the plant into manageable heights and segments, filling some holes with pine resin and encouraging new perforations to open appropriately. The resulting musical effect is stunning, but luckily has not yet become popular in the cities.

(copied from the Tropical Plants Overview)
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