Flora Fauna

Below is an incomplete list of the plants, trees, and animals within the Republic of Iridine. Some may seem familiar to you…while others are found only in The Eternal City.

Animals

The Dreaded Aralex

Not much is known about this creature yet. It has recently found it's home below the depths of the Colosseum in an abandoned quarry. A fierce lizard with livid green scaly armor. Be wary to be knocked down by this foe as many have already succumb to it's territorial nature.

Plants

ALNISS

A short stubby brownish plant that grows freely in the plains. It has small
star-shaped white flowers, commonly used to aid in digestion, and it is
reported that the thick squat brown roots can help to quell nausea.

ALOE

A small cactus-like plant that thrives in dry and sunny environments. The
gel that grows inside the leaves can be used for burns or minor cuts.

AMOLIS

A tiny plant that grows in rich shady soil, usually deep in the forest. Its
tiny round red flowers are said to capture the morning dew, and the entire
plant is good for burns.

BAI

A large aromatic plant that tends to overrun fences and trees. Its light
blue flowers impart their color to fabric quite well, and the leaves are
used in cooking. Certain cosmetics are scented with bai leaves, as well.

BLACKBERRY

A thick bramble-covered bush, found in lightly forested areas. The berries are
edible and used in dyes.

BLUEBERRY

A large bush, generally cultivated in gardens but can be found in lightly
forested regions. Berries are edible and used in dyes.

BORAGE

A large and hardy plant that grows in the plains. The bluish flowers make a
good lavender dye, and the leaves can be used to make a soothing tea.

CELANDINE

A small plant found in the forest with large lobed leaves, it has small
four-petaled yellow flowers which are said to settle the digestive system.

CHALLIS, RED

A variant of white challis, the red challis has deep-red leaves and stems, and
deep yellow flowers. The plant clings to the outer edges of desert and other
hot areas.

CHALLIS, WHITE

White challis, also found in the desert, shares all but the color with red
challis, being a grayish green.

CLOVE

This small forest plant produces fragrant seedpods that are used to flavor
certain alcohols and mouthwashes, or added to mixtures for their fragrance.

CLOVER

This small plant can be found in sunny fields. The flowers can be either
white or pink. Clover is used to feed livestock and honey made from the
honey is very popular.

DAISY

These flowers are cultivated in gardens or found in sunny fields. The white
flowers have a bright yellow center.

DOGSBANE

This mountain plant is tough with barklike covering on the stem, the tiny
white bell-shaped flowers give off a smoky scent that dogs will avoid at
any cost.

EYEBRIGHT

A small forest plant, with tiny white blue-centered flowers that resemble
eyes. Parts of this plant can be used to soothe sore eyes.

FLAX

A tall and spindly weed with pale lavender flowers that develop into large
oval seeds. The seeds can be pressed for their oil. These plants are
usually found in the plains or meadows.

GARLIC

This small pale green plant with an explosion of tiny white flowers at the
top is found in the plains or cultivated in gardens. The roots are used in
cooking and in some herbal cures.

GOLDENSEAL

This small mountain shrub with huge lobed leaves and a tiny knot of yellow
flowers at the top. The flowers are very poisonous if eaten.

GRAPE

A vine that requires plenty of sun, with small green, red, or purple fruit.
Edible, and useful in dyes.

HAYRACK WEED

A huge, rambling, indestructible plant, it grows in hayracks and barns,
anywhere hay or straw is stored. Farmers don't like it, but animals eat it as
well as anything else, so they leave it alone.

HORSE'S HOOF MUSHROOM

A small dark gray mushroom with white gills found in forests.

INDIGO

This tiny forest plant has deep purple, almost black flowers used to dye both
fabric and hair.

JALAEUS

A small rambling vine, also called sugarvine, that hides among grazing
lands, its low levels of toxin doesnt seem hurt anything. It's a
straw-colored plant.

KING'S PENNY

This plant takes its name from its round yellowish leaves. The leaves and the
bluish-white flowers are both used in dyes, and the plant grows on sandy
soil, usually near a beach.

MELONS

A variety of melons can be grown in sunny gardens. The fruit is eaten raw
or cooked depending on the variety.

MINT

A small plant that likes partially sunny areas. It is used as flavorings in
food and in teas.

MONEYPOUCH

The small white flowers close in on themselves, resembling a tiny pouch; thus
the name. The flowers grow on large spikes and greatly outnumber the leaves.
They can be found in the mountains.

MULLEIN

Mullein's brilliant yellow flowers dye fabric well, and also work to bleach
hair to a golden yellow shade. Mullein grows in huge bushes, usually deep in
the forest.

PAICORN

A rambling brownish ivy that grows in the plains. The large seeds are highly
acidic and poisonous, used in tanning leather and hides. Animals that eat the
paicorn swiftly learn not to.

POKOI

A rambling tree-climbing ivy, its wide leaves are popular in teas. It has an
astringent quality, and it is said that it can stop bleeding in small wounds.

POLYPODIA

A large bush with hundreds and hundreds of small yellow-orange fruits found
in forests. The fruit are not filled with water but with an unusual gelid
fluid, and can only be harvested in the spring.

PRIVALS

A large bush with reddish-pink flowers, privals grows wild on the outskirts of
forests and is cultivated as a yard hedge. The flowers are used in dyes, and
the leaves make a strong purgative.

PURLISS' BALM

The heavy seedpods of purliss' balm contain a lot of water, and are good at
bringing down fever, whether taken internally or externally. Purliss' balm
likes a moist cool climate, and grows everywhere in swamps or cool forests.

ROPEWEED

A huge straggling vine, this plant can take over an entire field if not
checked in time. The tiny fluid-filled leaves are dwarfed by the long stems.

ROSE

This popular decorative plant comes in several colors. It is used as a
fragrance, and in some teas.

ROSEMARY

This popular herb can be added to almost any cosmetic for its scent. Its scent
is usually very calming, and it is added to teas for this purpose.

RUFUS

A large bush of spiky leaves, with small whitish berries is found in the
mountains. Rufus is characterized by its extreme staying power; it is often
the first thing to grow back after a fire.

SAGE, GREEN

This spicy weed is used to flavor foods. It grows wild wherever it can,
usually in a plains area.

SAGE, RED

This variation of green sage has a deep brown bark-like stem, which gives its
rich color to anything it is applied to. The leaves are a popular ingredient in
teas. It also can be found in the plains area.

SERE

Found in moist swampy areas, the sere plant contains a mild analgesic which
soothes the skin. It is unpleasant to eat, but cures itching and reddened skin.

SEMENCIL

A tall and spindly plant with wrinkled leaves and bright red berries found
in forested areas. The berries are mildly poisonous, but the roots are a
popular spice.

SILVERFINDER

A small vine, it is said to grow atop good veins of ore in the mountains.
Despite its name, its flowers are a pale gold color.

SLEEPING SARAH

This unobtrusive ground-running ivy found in the forest gets its name
because it can be used to cure pain by numbing the body. It can be taken
internally or rubbed on the skin.

SNAKE'S TOOTH

The whitish bark of this small shrub is covered with whitish thorns, hence the
name. The leaves are reddish in color. Usually found in lightly forested areas.

SOAPWORT

An unobtrusive plant that grows near swamps or other bodies of water,
soapwort is a natural foaming cleanser. It can be used by itself to clean
the body and hair, but is better in a preparation.

STRAWBERRY

A ground plant with small sweet red berries found in shady areas. The
berries are used in dyes and as a fragrance.

SUMALUS

A large bush with spiky green leaves and hundreds and hundreds of tiny red
berries. The berries are not harmful but taste very unpleasant.

SWEETCRESS

A small vine with a profusion of tiny leaves and small lavender flowers that
grows in water, usually slow flowing rivers. The plant is known for its
purgative and absorbative powers.

THORNDARK

A thorny plant that hides in forest or undergrowth. Thorndark looks dead, as it is a uniform brown color and has no leaves or flowers. The 'thorns' are really tightly rolled and rigid leaves which exude the highly poisonous sap.

TOBACCO

A huge-leaved plant, dried tobacco is good for smoking, and also makes a good dye.

TYMOURS

The heavy, thick-lobed flowers of the tymours plant help prevent infections, and is said to calm the stomach when drunk.

VERTIWORT

A low-key moss that grows in thick lush patches on old trees. The moss absorbs twice its weight in water, and can actually pull the bark right off the tree.

VIOLET

A small, 'shy' forest plant, the deep violet of the flowers is used in dyes.

YARROW

A small plant with pale blue flowers. Yarrow is said to be helpful in treating skin problems. It can be found in plains, forest or anywhere that isn't too wet.

Trees

Birch

A slender white-barked tree, birch generally grow in small groves. The leaves have cosmetic properties, and the dark brown sap can be used to dye fabrics a rich golden-yellow.

Dursc

A strong wood, usually a dark gray or black in color, it resists cutting. Dursc is fairly common.

Brightash

The brightash tree is very slender and tall, and its wood is naturally white. Brightash is fairly expensive, and pieces are necessarily small because of the tree shape. It weathers with time and exposure to a very attractive silvery ivory.

Softsun

Named for the sunset, this wood contains striations of orange and red, with occasional golds and yellows. Its natural brilliance makes it popular for house decorations and furniture.

Moskan

Normally, moskan wood is a fairly ugly dark green color, although with such polishing the dark green can be quite pleasant. However, with a bit of experimentation, lumberjacks discovered that it was the sap of the tree hardening that produced the green color; if the tree is drained of sap before being cut, the wood is a very soft gray color, and much more pliable.

Tilock

Exposure to the acids involved in papermaking turn the wood of this tree into a tan so bright it can be called yellow. It's a very smooth wood, and easy to carve, but will snap easily under stress.

Fruit Trees

Almond

A small tree found in forests, its large nuts can be eaten, provided they are properly roasted. Raw almonds are poisonous. The almond is pressed to make almond oil, one of the sweet nut oils.

Apple

A medium sized tree either found in forests or cultivated in groves. The fruit is eaten raw, cooked, dried, or pressed into cider.

Apricot

A small tree usually found in groves, its light orange fruits are eaten raw, used as flavoring, or dried.

Bascae

A large deciduous tree with thick runnelled bark. Its wood is used for the more common items, being sturdy but plain.

Cherry

A small tree usually found in groves in cooler climates. The fruits are bright red and eaten raw, cooked, and dried.

Date

These trees are a type of palm tree in grow in hot regions, usually desert. The oblong brown fruit is eaten raw or dried.

Fig

This tree is generally cultivated in groves. It produces a small to medium pear shaped fruit that is pulpy and eaten raw.

Hazel

A large and healthy tree, its nuts are a source of sweet nut oil, and its leaves are used against poor circulation.

Lemon

A small citrus tree, it likes warm sunny places. The lemon peel and zest is used in cooking and cosmetics, as well.

Lime

A small citrus tree, it likes warm sunny places. The fruit is barely edible, used more for flavoring and dyes.

Nihimis

A short and spindly tree, that produces hundreds of tiny edible nuts called nihims. Nihims are best roasted, but not harmful raw; pressed nihims are one source of sweet nut oil.

Olive

These trees are cultivated in groves. They produce a fruit which is pressed for oil or eaten. The oil is one of the most important resources.

Orange

A medium-sized citrus tree, the fruits are edible and used as dyes.

Pear

A medium tree that is cultivated in groves. The fruits are eaten raw, cooked, or dried.

Pistachio

A small tree grown in groves and producing a green nut. The nut is edible and used to flavor foods.

Plum

A medium tree grown in groves. It produces a purple fruit that is eaten raw, cooked, or dried.

Walnut

These large trees usually are cultivated in groves. The largish nut must be dried and the outer husk pulled off before it can be shelled and eaten.

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