We’re coming to the end of the alien flora series, and I started to branch out a few of the days. There are a few more scattered in next week, and then we move on!
You can see all previous QDAD posts here.
The Rita vine is a vine-like plant with small bright green petals and large flat sepals. The flowers can be used to create a potent liquor which tastes very much like a Margarita (from which its name was derived.)
The liquor is potent enough that there was an attempt in the early 2400s to ban the sell of Rita Vine Wine. However, due to the ease of purchase through the black market, officials revoked the ban in 2426 in hopes of regaining control over the sale of the liquor.
The Glacefleur is a leafy plant with a dense, round head growing in the center of the plant much like an Earthen cabbage. When it was first found by French explorers, the bright colors of the plant earned its name for its resemblance to scoops of ice cream. Similar to cabbage, the Glacefleur is grown for nutrition and is generally avoided by children.
If left unharvested, the Glacefleur will eventually open and flower. The gynoecium grows quite tall given the relative size of the plant, with some carpels reaching a height of as much as 1 meter.
In recent years, the Glacefleur has been cultivated in other colors for use in ornamental gardening. While still edible, they are less flavorful than their traditional counterparts.
6-15 was Father’s Day here in the US. The ‘a’ala is a fragrant flowering bush that grows on the tropical planet of PL-508. The plant is often grown as colorful hedges. The flowers bloom only one day out of the year, and they all bloom on the same day.
The inhabitants of PL-508 believe the bushes were first planted by the three daughters of Lono and they bloomed immediately. Every year since then, all ‘a’ala plants bloom on the same day in recognition of Lono and fathers everywhere.
(Happy Father’s Day, Dad!)
(And yes I know it is really reminiscent of Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine van!)
As I mentioned above, I got to the point where I needed a break from the alien flora and started branching out. This started out as an alien flora design but I got frustrated and it turned into this. It’s called Crosses and Naughts.
I wanted to play with a new shape, basically a HST where one triangle was a 1/8 circle. I don’t really like the way this turned out, but it was the first go at it, so whatever.
Using the shape I was playing with in the previous design, I integrated it into an alien flora design. I decided to actually make the shape would kinda suck, so this is the last I played with it.
The Semoir is a small plant that has no proper root system. Instead, it uses a system of barbs to pull itself underground until just the flowering chapeau de fleur (literally flower hat) is above ground. The barbs continue to pull water into the central chamber of the plant.
When first discovered by French intergalactic explorers, this plant was given the nickname “Sangsue” after the explorers found out their shoes were not capable of keeping the Semoir out.
The Harlequin flower was discovered quite recently on the water planet HO-2781. The plant consists of four radial and thorned spines, with each spine growing a ball-shaped flower of a unique color. The overall look is that of a jester juggling, which is how it derived its name.
The ball-like flowers are bioluminescent and have a faint glow. The inhabitants of the world use them for guidance, memorizing their placement and color distribution, much like early navigators on Earth used the stars for guidance.
It’s been really fun revisiting the alien flora designs! It reminds me that I want to make quite a few of these. 🙂 Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I have some fun news on Monday regarding QDAD.