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Posted by Spirit of Wildwood who has 4,800 posts.

Florae of Relic Lore

With Relic Lore being such a diverse and vivacious area in Canada, it is no surprisingly that it is full of a variety of florae. All of the plants listed below are native to Canada, more specifically British Columbia. This is not an exhaustive list of everything you can expect to find in Relic Lore as it only lists the main things you would encounter, but if you have any questions, direct them to Genius Bar.

Ever wondered what eating a sprig of goldenrod would do? Or how to go about treating a nasty battle wound, or maybe helping a wolf with a fever? Or, perhaps, wanted to get rid of an oppressive pack Leader? Then you've found the right place! This is a detailed guide of some to Relic Lore's flora, written especially to help you and your characters delve into the world of plants!

In general, ingesting too much of a medicinal plant may cause unwanted, potentially dangerous effects and/or death as they usually are slightly toxic themselves.

(Common name, scientific name) Fauna
Aconite M
Amanita Muscaria
Arnica M
Black Hawthorn M
Black Nightshade
Canada Wild Rye
Chaga Mushroom M
Empress Tree
Ergot M
Evergreen Blackberry
Giant Blazing Star
Goldenrod M
Hellebore M
Juniper Berries
Lavender Hyssop M
Mountain Laurel
Mountain Spiraea
Nootka Rose
Pineapple Weed M
Prairie Crocus M
Psilocybin Mushroom M
Red Maple
Salmonberry M
Schubert Chokecherry
Scrub Pine M
Skunkbush M
Solomon's Seal M
Sweet Grass M
Tall Ninebark
Virginia Strawberry
Western Redcedar M
White Fir M
Wild Ginger M
Wild Parsnip
Wormwood M
Yarrow M
Yellow Rattle M

In addition to the flora listed above, there are of course a vast number of various wildflowers native to the region.

(This post was last modified: Jul 06, 2018, 06:51 PM by Sahalie.)
Posted by Spirit of Wildwood who has 4,800 posts.

The Florae of Relic Lore: Edible.

Though they are typically meat-eaters, wolves are omnivores. When prey is scarce or their palate has been searching for something else, these "little bites" might be something worth trying!

Evergreen Blackberry.
Edible. Fruit.
Rubus laciniatus.
Summer. July - September.

Brambles and prickly shoots make up this plant which produce pink or white flowers (May through July) and a pleasantly sweet-tasting fruit (late summer and early autumn). These are unique in Relic Lore, thriving in Northern Eden to make up the Blackberry Fields just north of Wildcherry Orchard. It can be found in much smaller quantities around Verdant Mosses, Sierra Hills, and Red Fern Forest. In mid-summer, green berries emerge; as they ripen they change to a more reddish hue before turning black when they are ripe.

Common Habitats: Blackberry Fields, Black Thorn Downs, Verdant Mosses, Sierra Hills, Red Fern Forest.

Schubert Chokecherry.
Edible. Fruit.
Prunus virginiana 'Schubert'.
Summer. July - August.

These trees are native to North America, also known as the Canada Red Cherry or, simply, the Canadian Cherry tree. This specimen is only found within Wildcherry Orchard. It has characteristic smooth gray bark and can grow up to 20-25 feet high. In Spring, the tree boasts deep purple foliage and showy chains of fragrant white flowers hanging below the branches. The black cherries that grow on its branches have a specifically tart taste which a variety of birds favor and feast upon in mid-Summer. In the Autumn, its leaves turn a brilliant red before littering the forest floor.

Common Habitats: Wildcherry Orchard.

Virginia Strawberry.
Edible. Fruit.
Fragaria virginiana.
Summer. June - August.

This wild strawberry is the most common variety in north America and “ancestor” of the domesticated garden strawberry. They grow as perennial herbs, forming loose green carpets speckled by clean white flowers in spring. The individual plants arise from short thick rootstocks anchored to the ground by tough wiry roots. Horizontal runners, called stolons, arch from the parent plant and, where they touch down, a new daughter plant develops. Long purple-, red- or brown-tinted stalks bear three-parted leaves 5–20 centimeters (2–8 inches) above a fibrous crown. The flowers are clear white, about 2-3 centimeters (0.8–1.4 inches) across and perched atop a flexible hairy stem. After a period of 3-4 weeks these drop their leaves and grow small fruits, maturing into bright red berries, up to half an inch across.

These are versatile plants, growing in varied habitats from prairies to meadows and open woodlands. They are able to tolerate competition from taller plants by developing early in the spring, and can tolerate some shade later in the year. Their fruits are sweet and may help stabilize an upset stomach and can make a small supplement to a meat diet.

Common Habitats: Thicket of Secrets, Cedarwood Forest, Blackberry Fields, Heartleaf Creek, Sacred Grove, Whisper Marsh, Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise, Larkcall Lowlands

(This post was last modified: Jul 30, 2017, 04:04 PM by Aideen. Edit Reason: Added Virginia Strawberry )
Posted by Narimé who has 837 posts.

The Florae of Relic Lore: Medicinal.

Wolves in the wild don't particularly self-medicate for ailments but, as writers, here is where we take the liberty to delve into character development, how far characters would go for the benefit of the nurturing of others, and exploring Relic Lore...

Medicinal. Edible.
Aconitum variegatum.

Also known as aconitum, wolfsbane, leopard’s bane, Devil’s helmet and monkshood. This species is most likely found in the well-draining soil of the small meadows at the base of the peaks that make up the heights of the Mountain of Dire. They have dark green leaves, and may have blue, purple, white, yellow, or pink unusually shaped flowers. Eating a small amount of the root may help treat the sensations of "coldness" in the body. However, Aconite is also considered toxic, spurring a number of symptoms when ingested: nausea, vomiting, burning and tingling sensations, dizziness, difficulty breathing, confusion, headaches, and numbness in the mouth and face.

Common Habitats: Sacred Grove, Fireweed Rise, The Wildwood.

Cures/Relieves: poor blood circulation.

Medicinal. Topical. May - August.
Arnica montana.

Also called mountain tobacco. This wildflower is found in the meadows of Relic Lore and in small patches at the base of the Mountain of Dire. It has soft hairy leaves and a bright yellow flower, which are only found in May through August. When its mature leaves are rubbed or bruised the whole plant takes on an aroma similar to pine sage. Medics must exercise caution as the plant may cause intestinal bleeding if swallowed while concocting an ointment from its roots. Heedfulness must also be taken when applying the ointment on the skin - to treat bruises, sprains, and cuts - as it may irritate instead of heal.

Common Habitats: Fireweed Rise, Hush Meadow, Sierra Hills, Blackberry Fields, the foothills of the Mountain of Dire.

Cures/Relieves: bruises, sprains, cuts.

Black Hawthorn.
Medicinal. Edible. Aromatic?
Crataegus douglasii.

Also known as Douglas' thornapple, this shrub has thorny branches, rough gray-colored bark, fan-shaped green leaves, and white flowers with greenish centers that grow in bunches at the end of each branch. Its pome - or fruit - is dark purple. Its rough bark is a distinguished gray when mature. The ingestion or use of leaves, flowers, or berries may improve blood flow, combat chest pains, and lower blood pressure. Commonly grows alongside hedges and tall shrubs - particularly wherever forest growth is stunted.

Common Habitats: Thicket of Secrets, Cedarwood Forest, the Ghastly Woods, Sacred Grove, Umbra Copse, and Dragonfly Fen.

Cures/Relieves: poor circulation, chest pains, high blood pressure.

Chaga Mushroom.
Medicinal. Edible. Fungus.
Inonotus obliquus.

Also known as "sterile conk trunk rot of birch." Found only on big old birch trees throughout the hardwood forests of Relic Lore, but may be hard to get because it grows up off the ground on the trunks of them. Wolves must simply gnaw on it allowing the juices to mix with their saliva. When small amounts are eaten daily for seven days or more the fungus will help boost the immune system, increase blood flow throughout the body, boost memory and cognitive functions, heals and replaces dead cells, and boosts the longevity of those who take it daily in the long term. (source)

Common Habitats: The Wildwood, Ghastly Woods, Spectral Woods, Stonewatch Timbers.

Cures/Relieves: weakened immune systems, decreased blood flow, memory loss and decreased cognitive functions.

Medicinal. Edible. Fungus.
Claviceps purpurea.
Spring - Summer.

A fungus that grows on rye and other related plants. Can be particularly found in open meadows and fields, mountain habitats, and forests. As it grows in thickets, it may also add to the dense vegetation of the Thicket of Secrets. Common hosts are wild wheat, barley, and, on occasion, oats.  While medicinal in being able to treat migraine headaches and control bleeding, those who ingest ergot-contaminated grains may experience severe burning sensations in their limbs as it restricts blood circulation.

Common Habitats: Thicket of Secrets, Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise, Sierra Hills, Mountain of Dire, Riddle Heights, Sacred Grove, Cedarwood Forest, Umbra Copse, Red Fern Forest, Spectral Woods, Dragonfly Fen.

Cures/Relieves: migraines/headaches and uncontrollable bleeding.

Medicinal. Edible.
Solidago canadensis.
Early - Late Summer.

Also known as solidago. This tall, woody weed sports clusters of vivid yellow flowers which bloom in the late summer months. A poultice made from the leaves and roots is used for boils, burns, headache, toothache, wounds, and sores; chewing on the leaves or roots may relieve sore throats and toothaches. Some cultured wolves may consider the emergence of goldenrods in an area is a sign of good luck. The flowers are also a magnet for wasps, flies, bees, and butterflies.

Common Habitats: Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise, Blackberry Fields, Sierra Hills.

Cures/Relieves: Boils, burns, headache, toothache, wounds, sore throats, toothaches, and sores.

Medicinal. Edible.
Veratrum viride.
Spring - Summer.

Also known as American hellebore, Devil’s bite, bugbane, tickleweed, and itchweed. Mostly found growing along the banks of rivers and streams and on moist soil and swamps. This herb reduces blood pressure and slows the pulse down and is recommended in small amounts. When taken in large doses is highly toxic and may spur vertigo and vomiting.

Common Habitats: Swift River, Heartleaf Creek, Coldwater Creek, Clandestine Brook, Iridescent Lagoon, Whisper Marsh, the edges of the Drooping Willows, low lying areas of both Red Fern Forest and Verdent Mosses, the base of Bramble Falls and Secret Falls.

Cures/Relieves: Fever, hypertension/high blood pressure, pneumonia, headaches, various pains.

Lavender Hyssop.
Medicinal. Aromatic. Edible. Topical.
Hyssopus officinalis.
Spring - Summer.

Also known as giant hyssop, fragrant giant hyssop, and blue giant hyssop. While not particularly native to Canada, this flowering plant has found its way into Relic Lore. It has long light green stems with small clusters of blue or purple flowers on long stalks. It has spade shaped cordate leaves with toothed edges. Lavender hyssop does best in dry upland forests, thickets, scrub filled barrens, and open grasslands - typically wherever sunlight hits the ground. The leaves, stem, and flowers of this plant are very aromatic. Its scent is said to open up the air ways. Eating the stem or leaves can sooth and calm, but can also be made into a poultice to treat burns. (source)

Common Habitats: Hush meadow, Fireweed Rise in small clumps, Cedarwood Forest where the sunlight hits the ground, Sierra Hills, sunny areas of Clandestine Brook, Coldwater Creek.

Cures/Relieves: Nasal/Chest congestion, anxiety/stress, burns.

Pineapple Weed.
Medicinal. Edible.
Matricaria discoidea.
May - September.

A resilient plant that grows well in disturbed, high traffic areas with packed soil, such as frequently used trails. Often mistaken for chamomile, pineapple weed is a close sister and is an annual plant that grows from May to September. True to its name, it exudes a sweet, pineapple-like odor. It is very common and grows all over game trails and hard-packed paths around Relic Lore. Both its flowers and leaves are edible.

Common Habitats: Serpents Pass, Kingsfall, Larkcall Lowlands, Nightingale Palisade.

Cures/Relieves: Gastrointestinal upset, infected sores, fevers, postpartum anemia/fatigue.

Prairie Crocus.
Medicinal. Topical.
Pulsatilla patens.
March - July.

The prairie crocus, also known as the prairie anemone or pasque flower, resembles a small, fuzzy purple tulip but is actually a member of the buttercup family. It's a widely distributed plant, found as far south as Texas and as far north as the arctic circle. The prairie crocus is often the first flower to bloom in the spring, before the snows have completely melted. Blooms can be found beginning in March in low elevations, and as late as June in higher elevations. By mid-July the plant begins to die back, and are overtaken by taller grasses. The prairie crocus can be found in abundance in grasslands as well as dry, open woods, where it prefers bright sun and sandy soil.

The crocus leaves can be used in a poultice to treat muscle and joint pains, or crushed and placed over boils and cuts to draw out infection. However, contact with the plant's sap may irritate sensitive skin. The prairie crocus is toxic if eaten, leading to low blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, and convulsions. (source)

Common Habitats: Larkcall Lowlands, Blackberry Fields, Sierra Hills, Wildwood, Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise

Cures/Relieves: Muscle and joint pain, infection. Toxic if eaten.

Psilocybin Mushroom.
Medicinal. Edible.
Psilocybe semilanceata.
Spring - Autumn.

Also known as magic mushrooms or "shrooms." This particular mushroom is generally brown, tan, and sometimes a pale yellow color. It grows within Relic Lore's meadows and commonly damp areas, wherever the sun cannot reach. While not particular medicinal, this fungus has some interesting effects on those who consume it for recreational purposes: euphoria, altered thinking processes, closed and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time and spiritual experiences.

Common Habitats: Dragonfly Fen, Ghastly Woods, Hush Meadow, Iridescent Lagoon, Sacred Grove, Spectral Woods, Verdant Mosses, Drooping Willows.

Cures/Relieves: depression.

Medicinal. Edible.
Rubus spectabilis.
Mid-June - Late July

Salmonberries boast reddish orange fruits that look like raspberry and taste tart on the tongue. During the late summer months, it does manage to ripen into a vibrant red color with some sweetness. It does best on moist to wet places from stream banks to wooded areas, from low to subalpine elevations. The bark and leaves have astringent properties and can be consumed to treat diarrhea or dysentery.

Common Habitats:  the banks of Heartleaf Creek, and along streams and wetlands going through the Wildwood, Sacred Grove, Bramble Falls, Cedarwood Forest, Spectral Woods, Cold Water Creek, Dragonfly Fen, Clandestine Brook, Secret Falls, Secluded Springs, and in small bunches along Iridescent Lagoon's shores.

Cures/Relieves: Diarrhea, dysentery.

Scrub Pine.
Medicinal. Edible.
Pinus albicaulis.

Also called whitebark pine. The bark and gum-like resin of this particular specimen, when chewed, may relieve skeletal pain and help restore movement in inflamed joints. It is an important food source and habitat for elk, birds, squirrels and other small animals. These trees are mostly found at the base of and around the cliffs of the Mountain of Dire, and are also rather stately guardians to the pathways leading up to Nomad's Pass.

Common Habitats: Mountain of Dire, Serpents Pass, Nomad's Pass.

Cures/Relieves: arthritis/joint pain, skeletal aches.

Medicinal. Edible.
Rhus trilobata.
Spring - Autumn.

Also known as lemita or quailbush. Could be found on the face of the Mountain of Dire or Riddle Heights, the grasses of Hush Meadow and Fireweed Rise, the wetlands of Whisper Marsh and Iridescent Lagoon, the Secluded Spring, Secret Falls, Clandestine Brook, Coldwater Creek, and even the depths of the Wildwood where it is currently claiming back the forest where the soil has been severely scorched. It can also be found in Dragonfly Fen, in the moist areas of Verdent Mosses, and Spectral Woods. The aroma of the leaves when crushed is bitter and displeasing to the nose. In the spring, its leaves are green; by autumn they turn orange and brown. It sports white or pale yellow flowers. Its bark, when chewed, helps relieve cold symptoms. Its sticky red berries, though sour, may be eaten to alleviate toothaches. When most vegetation is scarce or unavailable birds, deer, elk, and small mammals will graze on it.

Common Habitats:  Mountain of Dire, Riddle Heights, Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise, Whisper Marsh, Iridescent Lagoon, Secluded Spring, Secret Falls, Clandestine Brook, Coldwater Creek, the Wildwood .

Cures/Relieves: toothaches, cold/"allergy" symptoms.

Solomon's Seal.
Medicinal. Edible. Topical.
Summer - Late Autumn.

Mostly found in shady, cool locations. May be beneficial in curing insomnia, indigestion, lung ailments, and healing broken bones when eaten; it has been noted that it is also a good dietary source of starch after being baked/dried out in the sun. The best time to harvest the roots is in the fall before the plant’s yellow-green flowers fade and wilt. As a topical application, the root is said to hasten the healing of bruises and cuts. Its curious blackish-blue berry is not edible, however, and is said to be poisonous.

Common Habitats: Mountain of Dire, the Thicket of Secrets, Ghastly Woods, Umbra Copse.

Cures/Relieves: Insomnia, indigestion, lung ailments, broken bones.

Sweet Grass.
Medicinal. Edible.
Hierochloe odorata.
Spring - Summer.

Also known as holy grass, manna grass, seneca grass, or vanilla grass. It is easily identified by the sweet vanilla-like fragrance of its leaves,  3-flowered spikelets, and its roughly two-foot tall, hollow stems. Sweet grass can be found growing wild in wet meadows, low prairies, the edges of sloughs and marshes, bogs, shaded stream banks, lakeshores, and cool mountain canyons. When leaves or stems are ingested this plant can help treat coughs, sore throats, lessening a mother's bleeding after giving birth, and help her expel afterbirth; however it is known to be carcinogenic in higher doses. (source)

Common Habitats: Hush Meadow, Sierra Hills, Fireweed Rise, Whisper Marsh, Drooping Willows, Clandestine Brook, Coldwater Creek, Secret Falls, Lost Lake, Larkcall Lowlands.

Cures/Relieves: cough, sore throat, labor and afterbirth care.

Western Redcedar.
Thuja plicata.

The Western Redcedar, also known as the Pacific or Giant cedar, is actually not a "true" cedar, but is none-the-less the only tree native to the region bearing the name "cedar". These evergreens are quite distinctive owing to their stringy, easily-peeled rust colored bark and scaled needles. Cedars are capable of living over a thousand years and growing to gargantuan proportions, the largest standing up to 230 ft tall with a trunk 13 ft in diameter, though smaller specimens are more common. The cones of the redcedar are quite small, usually less than half an inch in length. The redcedar can be found in lush forests and mountainsides, as well as surrounding wetland areas and streambanks.

The aromatic oil found in the needles and bark of the cedar has potent antifungal, antibacterial, and insect repelling properties, making it an ideal plant for disinfecting wounds or eradicating fleas and ticks.

Common Habitats: Cedarwood Forest, The Wildwood, Ghastly Woods, Spectral Woods, Umbra Copse, Dragonfly Fen, Kingsfall.

Cures/Relieves: Bacterial and fungal infection, external parasites.

White Fir.
Medicinal. Edible.
Abies concolor.

Also known as concolor fir. Like the Scrub Pine, the bark of this large coniferous evergreen tree is also beneficial in relieving joint pain when ingested as well as healing cuts and sores. It is a rather common tree within Relic Lore; it may share a habitat with Scrub Pine on the heights of Mount Dire, but it is also found alongside the cedars in Cedarwood Forest and the trees that make up Sacred Grove, Red Fern Forest, Spectral Woods, Umbra Copse, and Ghastly Woods. It is also sparsely found on the edges of Dragonfly Fen.

Common Habitats: Mountain of Dire, Cedarwood Forest, Sacred Grove, Red Fern Forest, Spectral Woods, Umbra Copse, Ghastly Woods, Dragonfly Fen.

Cures/Relieves: joint pain, minor cuts and sores.

Wild Ginger.
Medicinal. Edible.
February - August.

This plant has a number of curious characteristics: kidney- or heart-shaped leaves, creeping underground roots, and brown or reddish flowers. It prefers moist, shady locations and often covers the ground thoroughly where it grows. The flowers bloom as early as February or as late as July. Chewing on its roots help treat digestive disorders and disgruntled stomachs.

Common Habitats: Ghastly Woods, Red Fern Forest, Verdant Mosses, the Thicket of Secrets, Dragonfly Fen.

Cures/Relieves: upset stomach, abdominal pain, digestive disorders.

Medicinal. Edible.
Artemisia absinthium.
Spring - Summer.

Also known as absinthe and green ginger. This plant is short-stemmed and boasts yellow flowers; and, is sometimes noted to have small white hairs on its leaves. It grows primarily in dry or semiarid areas, such as: the cliffs of the Mountain of Dire (especially near the crags overlooking the Lost Lake and the perimeters of Nomads Pass), and the base of the Sierra Hills. Ingesting the leaves may reduce fever; externally, it may heal wounds and insect bites. It has a bitter taste and, when stored for a short period of time, must be protected from light. Large doses may cause headaches, stomach upset, dizziness, and disrupt the central nervous system. Its distinctive scent when worn also provides a natural repellent for moths and fleas.

Common Habitats: Mountain of Dire (especially near the crags overlooking the Lost Lake and the perimeters of Nomads Pass), the base of the Sierra Hill.

Cures/Relieves: fever, wounds, insect bites.

Medicinal. Edible.
Achillea millefolium.
Spring - Summer.

Also known as gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man's pepper, devil's nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf, and thousand-seal. This plant grows primarily in small bunches. It can be identified by its wispy light green feather-like leaves and small yellow, white, or pink flowers clumped together into large flat groups. The flower groups are on the ends of long thin stalks. It is used to help bruises, cuts, avoiding infections, skin problems, rashes, and sprains when used as a poultice. It is also noted that it can be used for digestive problems, gaining restful sleep, hemorrhoids, avoiding infection, to stop bleeding, or fever and nausea when eaten. (source)

Common Habitats: Heartleaf creek, and large patches in Blackberry fields, Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise, Nightingale Palisade, Sierra Hills..

Cures/Relieves: Digestive problems, restlessness during sleep, hemorrhoids, infection, excessive bleeding, fever and nausea.

Yellow Rattle.
Medicinal. Edible.
Rhinanthus minor.
March - October.

Sometimes known as "pennyrattle," this plant grows in dry fields or meadows. It has lengthy stems and yellow hooded flowers (found only between June and September); and is very attractive to bumblebees. It is also known as the “Vampire Plant” (perfect for bedtime stories for puppies) as it takes over grass and clover roots. The “rattle” part in its name comes from its seeds, which rattle in their papery shells upon being disturbed. It is believed that consuming the seeds of the yellow rattle can temporarily relieve coughing, or help with ailing eyes and any difficulties with seeing. It is also noted that this specimen could be dangerous if ingested in large amounts.

Common Habitats: Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise, Blackberry Fields, Sierra Hills.

Cures/Relieves: coughing, eye/vision problems.

(This post was last modified: Jul 30, 2017, 11:06 AM by Aideen. Edit Reason: Added Prairie Crocus )
Posted by Rook who has 444 posts.

The Florae of Relic Lore: Poisonous.

Need to get rid of someone in Relic Lore? Have a practiced Herbalist in need of supplies for a plot to poison a Leader? Look no further... Please note that to acquire such lethal materials will need a bit of care and skill - it is better to send the master or well-practiced apprentice rather than the newly taken on pupil!

Black Nightshade.
Solanum nigrum.
July - October.

Though this species of nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is most commonly found in southern parts of Canada, it has managed to find its way into the heart of Relic Lore. It was mainly found in waste and wooded areas (in the recovering southern portion of the Wildwood and the edges of the Ghastly Woods) until it began to take root near the shores of the Lost Lake. There is also a small population of this plant growing in Umbra Copse. It boasts tall, slender stalks and diamond- or heart-shaped leaves with toothed edges. Between July and October it sports small white, six-petaled flowers with bright yellow stamen. This weed is considered highly poisonous, especially in the when its berries are vivid green in color. In the spring and summer, when ripe, the berries turn a dull black (or sometimes dull purple). Poisoning symptoms are typically delayed for 6 to 12 hours after ingestion. Initial symptoms of toxicity include fever, sweating, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, confusion, and drowsiness. Death from ingesting plant parts results from cardiac arrhythmias and respiratory failure. It is noted that some rabbits actually eat this plant without any harmful effects.

Common Habitats: The Wildwood, Ghastly Woods, Lost Lake, Umbra Copse.

Cicuta virosa.
Spring - Summer.

At 1-2 meters tall, this plant can be found in the marshy areas, stream banks, and wet meadows of Relic Lore. They have smooth, purple-striped stems, and white tuberous roots. During the spring and summer seasons it sports clusters of small white flowers. When damaged, the stalks ooze a rank-smelling, oily, yellow liquid. This plant is considered toxic; a single bite of its root (which has the highest concentration of cicutoxin) can be sufficient to cause death. Ingesting this plant causes death by shutting down the central nervous system.

Common Habitats: Iridescent Lagoon, Drooping Willows, Heartleaf Creek, the banks of Swift River, Secluded Spring, Whisper Marsh, Verdent Mosses, Coldwater Creek, and Clandestine Brook.

Fly Agaric.
Amanita muscaria.
Summer - Autumn.

Also called fly amanita. This characteristic mushroom is typically found in the depths of Cedarwood Forest, Red Fern Forest, Umbra Copse, the Thicket of Secrets, Drooping Willows, Spectral Woods, the Wildwood, Sacred Grove and the Ghastly Woods. It can also be found in low lying moist areas - wherever the soil is damp underfoot between the trees. It is easily identifiable with its bright red cap, white spongy gills, and white spots, and is sometimes found growing in fairy rings (a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms)..

Common Habitats: Dragonfly Fen, Verdent Mosses, Clandestine Brook.

Mountain Laurel.
Kalmia latifolia.

Also known as Calico-bush or Spoonwood, Mountain Laurel is a broadleaved evergreen shrub in the heather family. It is native to the eastern United States, with a common range stretching from southern Maine south to northern Florida, and west to Indiana and Louisiana; Though small populations can be found further north. It grows to 3–9 m tall, with 3–12 cm long and 1–4 cm wide leaves, and blooms in May and June with small, round flowers growing in clusters; Typically ranging from light pink to white, though some artificially cultivated specimens come in darker shades of pink, near red and maroon pigment.

The plant is naturally found on rocky slopes and mountainous forest areas. It thrives in acidic soil and often grows in large thickets, covering great areas of forest floor. In the Appalachians, it can become tree-sized but is a shrub farther north and In low, wet areas, it grows densely, but in dry uplands has a more sparse form. Within Relic Lore, Laurel only grows on the Limestone base of Cedawood forest, as well as scattered clusters on the mountain sides. All parts of the plant are poisonous, ingesting it can induce staggering, convulsions, difficulty with breathing and drooling, as well as vomiting and stomach pains. In large amounts it can be deadly. The poison in the flowers and leaves can survive a long time and even dead leaves can affect you.

Common Habitats: Cedarwood Forest (Laurel Ticket), Lost lake, Mountain of Dire

Wild Parsnip.
Heracleum mantegazzianum.
Late Spring - Mid-Summer.

Wild Parsnip, also known as garden angelica and giant hogweed, is found mostly within the meadows and spacious grassy territories of Relic Lore. In its first growing season, the plant has a rosette of pinnate, mid-green leaves. If unharvested, it produces its flowering stem, topped by an "umbrella" of small yellow flowers, in its second growing season. By this time the stem is woody and the tuber is deemed to be inedible. The seeds are pale brown, flat and winged. While the root of the parsnip is edible, handling the shoots and leaves of the plant requires caution as the sap is toxic. Like many other members of the family Apiaceae, the parsnip contains furanocoumarin, which causes chemical burns resulting in redness and blisters, the areas affected could be symptomatic for up to two years.

Common Habitats: Hush Meadow, Fireweed Rise, Blackberry Fields, Sierra Hills, Wild Cherry Orchard.

(This post was last modified: Jul 30, 2017, 02:03 PM by Aideen. Edit Reason: added Mountain Laurel )
Posted by Rook who has 444 posts.

The Florae of Relic Lore: Miscellaneous.

These trees, herbs, plants, and shrubs don't particularly taste interesting or have any sort of effect when eaten, but their presence within Relic Lore is still just important. The following greenery is found all throughout the territories to provide shade, nesting material, storytelling opportunities, etc.

Canada Wild Rye..
Perennial grass.
Elymus canadensis.
Year-round. Blooming July-September.

Reaching heights of one to one and a half meters, this grass is common in a range of habitats, form riparian woodlands to tall-grass prairies. Its stems are hollow and tough with flat leaves reaching 20 to 30 centimeters in length. It's a durable plant, withstanding even tough draught and high sun. As it grows it has a waxy, green color, changing into deep gold when it ripens. Widespread throughout Relic Lore, it grows most densely in the open areas of Larkcall Lowlands, Fireweed Rise and Hush Meadows.

Common Habitats: Larkcall Lowlands, Fireweed Rise, Hush Meadow, Blackberry Fields.

Empress Tree..
Woody perennial.
Paulownia tomentosa.

Also known as Paulownia Tomentosa, the Empress tree is a tall and stately tree only found surrounding Heartleaf Creek wherever it is able to reach sunlight along the riverbanks. Its leaves' distinct shape lends its name to its native territory and its branches may have been used to create the area's most prominent landmark and subterritory: the Beaver Dam. It boasts purple, tubular flowers in the early spring and gives off a sweet, "stock" flower type of perfume that lasts well throughout Autumn. Its seeds are also choice bedding and nesting materials for birds and rodents. It is a hardy tree and may very well survive a wildfire should such a disaster strike.

Common Habitats: Heartleaf Creek, Beaver Dam.

Perennial plant.
Chamerion angustifolium.
Spring - Autumn.

Also known as great-willow herb. This flowering plant is habitually found on Fireweed Rise and the recuperating soil of the burnt portion of the Wildwood. It has reddish stems and in the warmer months flaunts purple, lavender and sometimes red/magenta flowers. Consumption of Fireweed is best when harvested in the spring while the stems are still tender; it is a good source of vitamin C. As the plant ages, its leaves grow tough and bitter.

Common Habitats: Fireweed Rise, the Wildwood.

Giant Blazing Star..
Flowering perenial.
Mentzelia laevicaulis.
Spring - Early Summer.

This is a tall, meter-high, widespread plant that could be found in sandy and rocky areas. It has a white-green stem and a vivid yellow flower that has five shiny, pointed petals. Also perfect for suitors longing to impress their hard-to-get sweethearts or telling stories about wishes and stars.

Common Habitats: Lost Lake, Secluded Spring, Mountain of Dire, Riddle Heights, Nomad's Pass.

Juniper Berries..
Woody perennial.
Scientific Name.
Every 2-3 years.

A juniper berry is the female seed cone of a juniper tree. Depending on the type of juniper the dry, scale-covered berry may be either sweet, tart, or even bitter. It is commonly used to suppress appetite in times of famine and supposedly relieve one’s joints of arthritis. To medicate with the juniper berry is risky, however, as some subspecies are toxic. The first time juniper berries ripened within Relic Lore was in 2010 and now roughly appear every two years (2012, 2014, 2016, etc.).

Common Habitats: Kingsfall, Stonewatch Timbers, Cedarwood Forest.

Mountain Spiraea..
Perennial plant.
Scientific Name

Also called rose meadowsweet. Adapted to cold, moist, rocky slopes, this woody shrub is specifically found only around the Mountain of Dire and Riddle Heights. In the summer it bears bright, fragrant, pink flowers that resemble pom-poms. Its light green leaves turn yellow as the cold weather descends upon Relic Lore.

Common Habitats: Mountain of Dire, Riddle Heights, Serpents Pass.

Nootka Rose.
Perennial plant.
Rosa nutkana.
Spring - Summer.

Native to Western North America, this plant is most commonly found in the Thicket of Secrets and Iridescent Lagoon in Relic Lore, growing as tall as 3 meters in height. They also bloom in the meadows, shrubby wetlands, and woodlands.. The 2-3 in. flowers produce a pleasantly strong fragrance in the early summer and usually occur singly or in groups of two or three. They provide an ideal food and habitat source for both deer and birds.

Common Habitats: Thicket of Secets, Iridescent Lagoon, Clandestine Brook, Verdant Mosses, Sierra Hills, Umbra Copse.

Red Maple..
Woody perennial.
Acer rubrum.

Acer rubrum is a common tree found on the eastern edges of Relic Lore, namely and most prominently Red Fern Forest. These tree's are also sparsely mixed in with the trees of the Wildwood forest. In the Spring its leaves emerge with varying shades of green, maturing through the rest of the year to later sport its trademark red and auburn leaves. At about 15 meters (49 ft.) high effortlessly provides shade in the Summer months. Easy to identify the tree lacks low-hanging branches (its lowest branches might not be accessible to even the tallest of wolves), and boasts smooth gray bark until it hardens and ages into a cracked, darker, rougher texture.

Common Habitats: Red Fern Forest, the Wildwood.

Tall Ninebark..
Flowering shrub.
Physocarpus capitatus.
Spring - Summer.

Growing 1-2 meters tall this plant commonly takes up residence wherever there is moisture and an abundant source of water. It grows in thickets, serving as ideal habitats for various creatures – predators and prey alike. Its unique fruit is an inflated glossy red pod that turns brown and splits open to release seeds in the fall.

Common Habitats: Whisper Marsh, Verdant Mosses, along the banks of Swift River and Clandestine Brook, Secret Falls, Coldwater Creek, Sacred Grove.

(This post was last modified: Mar 31, 2016, 08:31 PM by Aideen.)