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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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Plausible reason for decreased oxygen levels with increased plant life

So, as per my Oxygen levels and explosions question, there is a planet with substantially lower oxygen (16%) and a planet with higher than average oxygen (25%) that are fairly earthlike in temperature,...
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How can a natural process create a near-perfect geometric shape as the most prominent feature of a planet?

Starship Not-Enterprise exits hyperspace and looks at the planet filling up the window. Their jaws drop. The planet has a perfect geometric shape clearly visible from space, occupying the majority of ...
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Can a plant base have taste buds?

The question is in the title. Is there an existing plant that do have taste buds? If they can have taste buds, what taste buds they can have? Just in case they has less or more taste buds than human, ...
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What traits would plants have if no animals or humans existed? [closed]

On a planet very similar to earth, but absent insects and animals, what general traits would plants have? Not looking for specific varieties, but more for general traits, like would plants be larger ...
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Does the mass of a planet affect the size of living organisms?

I’m trying to do some world building for a game I’ve been working on, and so I’ve been designing a planet that would fit large fauna and flora. What I would like to know is if the mass of a planet has ...
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What would be the advantage of evolving into tree-like people?

In my fantasy world, in a time when civilizations still didn't exist, there were some formless creatures with the ability to change in every way they wanted. Many of those creatures with the passing ...
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how can my exploding fungus/plant explode?

So, this is another part in a lot of my questions for something I'm making. Our protagonists are unfortunately stuck on an alien planet. They end up going into a cave, which is a bad idea because some ...
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How could someone alter the composition of air sufficiently so that plant life gets more nutrients and grows faster

Im writing a story about a group of eco-terrorists who are trying to make the flora of a planet take over major cities and create a utopian wasteland. They have access to a macguffin that can alter ...
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What could/would change if plants absorbed #% of sunlight? [closed]

I am wondering what could/would happen if plants absorbed respectively 50%, 75%, and 90% of sunlight during the process of photosynthesis. That's all, Thank you in advance.
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Could a world be dominated by white seas?

I have this idea for a world orbiting a type O star, a particularly active kind of star producing intense radiation. As a form of adaptation, the microbial life has become bright white so to reflect ...
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What sort of materials could be used to make clothing in a swamp?

We have some characters living in a wetland biome (freshwater swamp, specifically) without access to trade from other areas. What kinds of options do they have when it comes to using the natural ...
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What Would it take for Trees with Stone Core to be Self Supporting?

So I have an idea for a biome in which avian humanoids are the dominant intelligent lifeform. They live inside of trees that dwarf the redwoods of our world. The trees grow so tall and so thick (akin ...
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The Earth is our Moon - A Reality check for a Binary Planet System [closed]

This question is connected to another one I asked about Interstellar Transport Vehicles, but more concerned about what we could expect from a Binary Planet System. So I want to talk about a few major ...
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Plants Without Air

On a distant world, the atmosphere is different than ours - there is no oxygen but a high level of C02 like on Mars or the early Earth. This planet is otherwise similar to Earth but slightly warmer. ...
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How would a human be affected if plant DNA was injected into their system?

My question is if a human were to have plant DNA, such as that from a flower, injected into their bloodstream would this have a negative or positive effect on their health? Or would it not affect them ...
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Could tree-sized mushrooms grow on an Earth-like world?

OK so this world I'm building has Earth-like flora and fauna, along with being around the size of Earth and being around the same distance as Earth from a star the size of the sun. The atmosphere is ...
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What would be the ecological impact of short days in summer and long days in winter?

While working on the cosmology of a flat world, I came up with a satisfactory arrangement that would result in the following: Summer: Short, hot days and long, dark, hot nights. Winter: Long, cold ...
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Kinetically powered plant

This contributor to Deviantart had this idea that on eyeball Earths some plants might grow in the shadow of bigger plants and get energy from the wind, like a naturally occurring wind turbine. My ...
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How do hardy flowering plants that thrive in low 'g' and thin atmosphere disseminate their seeds?

Imagine a type of flowering plant capable of growing on terrestrial planet with surface gravity a tenth of Earth and it has a thin atmosphere with composition similar to Earth's but as thick as ...
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Can you naturally grow houses?

I'm Worldbuilding, and in my world, people can grow houses from seeds. My world is not a Fantasy one. Could this theoretically work, and if so, how? (Images by Finnian MacManus) To start the growth ...

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