So I’m a big Weird Al Yankovic fan, and ever since his video “Handy” was released last week (that parodies “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea), every time I see QDAD, I sing it in my head:
“Any random quilt you got, well I can QDAD. QDAD.”
My head is a weird place. Which might already be obvious by this week’s alien flora offerings!
The Papaflaro grows deep in the jungles of the planet Oscelvo. Not much is known about this flower due to the dangerous nature of the jungles it grows in, but it is believed that the bulbous stigma emits light to attract insects. Whether the insects are used for nutrition or pollination is currently unknown.
The round-shaped bollblom is well-suited to the arid climate found on its home planet. The roots of the plant break off when its water source is depleted, allowing it to roll with the wind to a new location, similar to our Earth-native tumbleweeds.
The leaves of the bollblom secrete a unique compound that reacts to moisture, allowing it to stick in place long enough to grow a new root system once another water source is found.
The vlermuis plant is parasitic, with blooms that change color based on the host plant it is feeding from. It is believed this coloring is due to the different levels of phosphorous found in the host.
Native to the bogs of Inundari, the populace have many superstitions and stories that feature the vlermuis. These stories are often used to caution children against wandering into the dangerous bog region.
Note: This one was designed around a challenge name given to me by Amy @ badskirt.
A cross-section of the floating Bifurcacia bloom clearly shows the bifurcated phloem chambers from which its name is derived. These chambers are able to filter large quantities of water, supplying nutrients for the rootless plant. The filtered water is released through a vascular system that can be seen in the center of the cross-section image.
The Bifurcacia is a distant relative to the Acacia tree, accidentally introduced by early intergalactic travelers when the watery world of NH-214 was first discovered. After thousands of years, the plant has adapted quite well to it’s watery environment, and only bears a small resemblance to Earth’s native Acacia.
One of the inside jokes in QDAD is the use of greyscale + 1 color in design-seed images which has become known as zombie landscape images. This is based on a zombie zebra image, which I’m referencing in my write-up. Also, in case you missed it, this one is sewn up, it’s just waiting for a back!
The Lunabelle is an incredibly rare flower which has only been seen by a handful of people. It grows only in one small, remote location on Mbizi, well known for its constant and violent state of political unrest and its thick atmosphere which is toxic to 99% of the known sentient beings in the galaxies.
The Lunabelle bloom is crepuscular, blooming at both dawn and dusk, with different appearances depending on the time of day. At dusk (top), the flower has a slight bioluminescence to its petals and dark sepals, while at dawn (bottom) the sepals turn light and the petals become violet colored.
The flower is suspected to have the power of bringing the dead back to life, although very little scientific study has been able to be conducted given the difficulty of acquiring the Lunabelle. The few that have tried have been strangely silent about the results, but rumors have surfaced that there are side effects that are incredibly unpleasant.
The Sucresprit flower is found mainly in caves as it is very sensitive to light. It’s petals are almost translucent due to the lack of chlorophyll.
The flower is cultivated, harvested, and processed in large quantity as a natural sweetener. In recent years it has grown to be the biggest export of its native planet due to the high demand for this low-calorie sweetener.
A team of scientists have tried to create a cultivar that is more resilient to light. The GMO crop is hoped to reduce processing costs.
So far, the tests have proven unsuccessful.
The Molenta flower is found in abundance on the windy planet of UT-722. When the flower dies, it dries out and the petals separate from the stem, allowing them to spin around much like a pinwheel. The children that live on the planet can often be found picking and drying them to use as toys.
The Molenta flower comes in many different color variations. Native inhabitants of UT-722 study the flower in their beginning genetics classes.
I believe there is one more week or so of alien flora before we return to more “normal” designs. I hope you’re enjoying them, I really loved creating them and writing up their stories!
Have a creative weekend!