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Why do my humongous cliff ledges have cultivable soil on them?

This world is basically a huge vertical cliff wall, hundreds of kilometers high. Some of the crevices and ledges in that wall are large enough to build cities on (up to kilometers in length and up to ...
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Lions and their natural habitat, and biomes

First time here in a few years. I remember that the last time the questions had to be specific to what I was looking for but I don't wanna swamp anyone with too much info, so I'll endeavour to be lean ...
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How can I make my underwater crops more aquatic in nature?

In my fantasy novel, I'm writing about a society of merfolk. They're well developed and have city states, but they don't have very good farming practices. As part of the story focuses on this, I am ...
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The best shape for a piezoelectric tree that harvests energy from rain?

This question is the second part of my previous question about piezoelectric plants. In summary: The plants on my world generate electricity from kinetic energy (piezoelectricity) instead of or paired ...
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Could a plant have soft cells?

Are there any issues with a plant (specifically a multicellular organism that gains energy solely through photosynthesis) having soft cells with no cell walls, similar to animal cells?
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Geometric magic in the wild

Magic comes from shapes. For example, when you inscribe a regular octagram in a circle you get a heat effect, and the right straight line atop that summons a creature from beyond the mortal plane. ...
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How plausible would apple-sized raspberries be?

In one of my settings, the people have domesticated the wild raspberry plant, and selectively bred it for larger and larger berries. Would it be plausible for these berries to reach the sizes of ...
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Flora in permanent twilight/night

Im trying to write a story which takes place on tidal locked planet in permanent twilight/night zone. Im interested in zone where "time of day" gradually changes between twilight and night. ...
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How would a "Tesla tree" work?

At some point I heard about the concept of a "Tesla tree" - a tree or plant-like thing which is able to produce tension arcs strong enough to generate and hit nearby objects with artificail ...
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Vegetation on medieval farmland abandoned for 40-80 years

What kind of vegetation may I expect to encounter on a farmland that was abandoned partially about 80 and completely some 40-50 years prior? This is medieval-style farmland, so it is not wheat for ...
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Could a genetically modified plant become a house?

I was checking out art made by Hyrotrioskjan on Deviantart and found his Nea project. One art piece features large genetically modified plants that are able to essentially house a community. These ...
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Best shape and location of a piezoelectric plant?

Members of the electric bacteria (Shewanella) genus possess capabilities allowing the use of a variety of other electron acceptors for respiration. These include thiosulfate, sulfite, or elemental ...
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Would a moon with plantlife still give off (reflect) light?

The title basically says it all, but i will elaborate. Earth's moon light up the night sky by reflecting sunlight. But our moon is barren and made up of grey/white rock thus making it highly ...
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How many generations does it take to domesticate plants?

Modern crops have diverged significantly from their wild ancestors over thousands of years of selective breeding. Not all of this was deliberate, e.g. an early adaptation of wheat was for seeds that ...
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Can my plant produce hormones that cause ultra-violent behavior?

A human without hormones or pheromones could be compared to something more like a plant, tool, or simply a reactionless amalgamation of cells without purpose, fears, and emotions. Such a person wouldn'...
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What can you do with fungal spores? [closed]

The spores in question come from the vegetables described in this question. More specifically, the spores are like grains, with a chitinous shell, small wings, and a nutritious flesh, akin to softer ...
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Does this vegetable make sense?

This vegetable is a fungus grown by the people described in this question. It is egg-shaped with no stalk, and is around 1m tall and 70cm across at the widest point. They can be, and often are, ...
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How realistic is an underwater farm in a glass dome?

Say that hypothetically, I wish to grow plants under the ocean. I construct a large glass dome and house the plants in a greenhouse contained in that done. How deep underwater could I plausibly have ...
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A planet with toxic air

I just started thinking about a fictional universe where humans have colonized more or less any habitable planet (there is a huge concentration of habitable planets) and I'm trying to write down ...
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How much water could the Crown Chalice hold as it grows on high-up tree branches?

Context In an half-time semi-arid, half-time watery forest region, lives the Crown chalice plant. It generally stands from the middle to the top of tall and wide trees, a mix between Deane's gum ...
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Could the canopy of a Dyson Tree actually work?

Piggybacking on Q: What is required to make a Dyson Tree a feasible space habitat? So I recently came across the concept of the Dyson Tree (I’d already heard of the Dyson Sphere). For those who don’t ...
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Reef World 4 - Flora

Piggybacking on the previous “Reef World” questions. Let’s talk Flora and how it adds to life and the environment on Reef World. The entire planet is mostly covered in shallow ocean, but not ...
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Could terrestrial plants emerge from seaweeds?

Is it possible that plant life (or rather, alien plant analogues) could start as seaweed in water, before evolving to become terrestrial, similarly to what happened with animals and fungi? And if so, ...
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Could an organism cause the "electro culture" effect?

I came across this idea called electro culture. Basically using electricity to promote plant growth. I was wondering if a creature capable of generating and storing an electrical charge (think ...
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Sea traversing ecosystem/ship?

I'm writing a fantasy story with a race of intelligent dragons who can increase the growth rate of/manipulate plants. If we pretend this is possible, what methods could these creatures utilize to keep ...
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What color would plants be on a hot spring planet? [duplicate]

I had an idea for an alien world I want to set a story on and if this question proves popular I might ask other questions regarding this world. The world in question is an earth like moon orbiting a ...
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Plant used-to-create genetically-engineered floating islands?

I was wondering after considering the trope of floating islands, genetically modified/genetically engineered plants that produce carbon nanotubes, which as a byproduct forming vacuum tubes as they ...
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What might cause evolution to produce bioluminescence in almost every lifeforms on a alien planet?

On a planet similar to Earth, is is possible for all living creatures to have bioluminescence? If yes, what role would it fulfill? What other traits would be useful in such an environment? Larger eyes?...
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What forms of life would be best adapted to living on a world with nine year long days?

Let us suppose that instead of the 24 hour cycle we currently enjoy on Earth between day and night, we instead lived on a planet with a day/night cycle that lasted a full 9 years. The noon of the day ...
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Orphan planet life plausibility

Some say life could exist on an orphan planet by using radiation like plants use sunlight. This seems plausible since some fungi do the same. But how much natural radioactive material could ...
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Fruit and liquivores

Fruit usually works in symbiotic relationship with animals by giving them food to take in and seeds to "deposit" elsewhere. But let's say you had a world where the dominant feeding method ...
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Kinds of stars and local plant life [closed]

I know how the color of a planet's flora is affected by the light from its sun. But my problem is I keep getting things confused. Does anyone know of a resource that lays it all out in a chart? I'm ...
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Why would mushroom-like flora prefer to use a calcium carbonate skeleton instead of a chitin one?

I want to create a world for my colonists that's bleak and unwelcoming as well as alien and strange. So to that end I wanted to make mushroom-like fungi the major flora on the planet. I've read Where ...
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What would be the longest possible tree?

Note that I ask about the longest possible tree and not the tallest possible tree. There have been a number of questions about the tallest possible tree, and I wrote a detailed answer to one: https://...
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What would the flora of a floating continent be like?

Background The world consists of a few layers. Surface: You've got the normal (well as normal as can be expected in a fantasy setting) surface world consisting of a few continents and vast areas of ...
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Pre-Spaceflight alien agriculture part I: herbivores and grazers

One of the most important developments in our history as a sentient species was the development of agriculture. When our ancestors decided to grow their food instead of gathering it, it allowed us to ...
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What environment could lead to adipose-rich plants, and what would they look like?

I need a plant that acts as a very relatively effective, portable source of stored chemical energy. I figure the best way to do this is to have a plant/plant-like organism that stores its unused ...
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What would make a plant's leaves razor-sharp?

Imagine a field of plants that when walked through cuts human skin. Unlike a Stinging Nettle, the leaves would have to have razor-like edges, without the trichome hairs. The leaf edges should cause a ...
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Would Venusian Sunlight Be Too Much for Earth Plants?

This is Chris Wayans's map of a terraformed Venus: While there have been questions in this Stack Exchange on how to make Venus more livable for us humans, one question stands glaringly absent, and ...
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Which animals would Ents (tree men) want to cull? [closed]

Imagine you were an ent, a tree person, and the day is going just fine, until.... TERMITES!! You panic, stumbling through the glen as you try to scratch the annoying, horrifying and perhaps even ...
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Which Crops/Other Plants Could be Grown in a "Tropical Mediterranean" Climate?

In my book series, the region around the capital city of one of my planets has a very odd climate: while it has the year-round warm-to-hot weather of a tropical climate, it also has an exaggerated ...
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What properties of grass would a plant need to fill the niche of grasses?

What features of grasses would need to exist in a plant for the plant to fill the same niche as grasses in a grassland?
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What would plants that derive food from magic look like?

My magic is a gas, and this gas floats up high. Plants get their food from this gas, not from the sun. There is some magic everywhere, however the higher you go, the more magic. What would these ...
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What purpose could algae have to glow in the dark?

What purpose could algae have to glow in the dark? I means, they have no eyes and they cant profit from it? from a predatory stand point it might as well signal grazer to come feast? Which is not very ...
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Plantlife seasons on the moon of a rogue planet

My moon is about twice the size of Earth, and orbits its planet from far away. It has no sun as it orbits a rogue planet, however its planet stretches it due to tidal heating, and thus it has heat. ...
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Could mermaids grow algae with bioluminescence?

Bioluminescence can cause photosynthesis, it has been confirmed. But is it feasible to grow algae, or some other plant, by the light of bioluminescence alone? Is it technically feasible with existing ...
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Is it possible to make blazing, flying spores/seeds?

You may have heard of pyrophites : They are plants which have a strong relationship to fire, whether they are extremely resilient to it, blossoming with it or simply as a way for their seeds to sprout....
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Could ants thrive on mars if they stayed underground? [closed]

Lets say humans would want to populate Mars with ants. Would it be possible for an ant colony to create a self sustaining ecosystem underground on Mars, by for example farming fungi, like some ants do?...
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How to make a light purple atmosphere, and which color would plants be? [duplicate]

So in this world I was writing about I need one exclusive zone of the planet to be purple and their plants to be adapted to this atmosphere. What would I need?
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Can horn be used as a substitute for greenhouse glass?

Setting is in an era when glass would be expensive, in a cold, mountainous region with a lot of goats and horned monsters. I know horn was used in lanterns, but I'm not sure if it would allow through ...

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