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How can a floral clock be made accurate enough to replace normal timekeeping?

A village is famous for its flowers and wants to bring in tourism by replacing its timekeeping and basing everything around a flower clock. Schools and shops all agree to set their times by the flower ...
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How long would it be until a battlefield could support trees again?

As I understand it, a massive battle with lots of bloodshed can cause pieces of land to become infertile, due to the amount of salt in the blood the land has to soak up. If this happened, how long ...
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How could a large spherical plant heat air inside to fly?

In another question, Are flying plants possible?, a point was raised that because of the square-cube law, a large, hollow, spherical plant could fly by having the air inside be a little bit hotter ...
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What effects would changing the weight of air have on flora/fauna?

Following up the ideas given in this question, we introduce a new gas to the mix of air. Meta: Assume an Earth-like planet. The proposed change is a pre-development change (meaning it's there since ...
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Influence on development of world flora

I'm planning to build a game for me and my friends where the worlds are procedurally generated. The idea is that different and habitable planets and moons have flora and fauna that has adapted to the ...
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What would the effects be on the wildlife of an isolated island without direct sunlight? What might it take to have large lifeforms?

I am building a fantasy world roughly the same size, elemental makeup, and atmospheric composition as Earth. In this world, there is an island (about the size of Australia) known by outsiders as the ...
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When creating a Pangaea for fantasy should it have all the real biomes?

I am creating a Pangaea type continent for a D&D series with some friends and I was wondering (since this continent will last us years) if we should add every biome to it. IE: equatorial dry/wet ...
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Cutting down giant trees

Inspired by Nick Staab's recent work "Jack" (pictured below), how would you go around cutting down massive trees? In this scenario the simpler the tools the better, as it would allow a primitive ...
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Woodland growth on a semi terraformed world

I am trying to imagine a scenario in which there is a world that has been terraformed in so far as it has water and oxygen but there is only one area which has been established as a strong foothold ...
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Rapid artificial weathering of basalt by domestic vegetation

The world of Baros (b'a:rəs) has low gravity (around 0.5g), thick, moist atmosphere (2-3 bar), and lots of volcanoes. Humans mostly inhabit sunny elevated areas, separated by relatively dark and CO2-...
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What are ways plants might be communicating with one another without people realizing it?

Our war with the plants has been unending for thousands of years. And we don't even know it exists. Plants strategize, doing their best to survive, but the humans are relentless. Constant removal and ...
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Self-Sustaining Pre-Glass Village in the Tundra

I am working on a fantasy story, and I am intending to put part of the plot in a village in the tundra. I need to figure out how they would sustain themselves. Obviously they could import all their ...
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Consequences of perpetual daytime on plants growth

What would happen if a planet like Earth were to be tidal locked to the sun? What effects could it have on lifeforms like plants? Would they always produce oxygen?
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How would society react if someone finds out that plants have feelings like humans?

Some scientists discover that plants have humanlike feelings. Now it becomes unethical and immoral to have mass production farms for plants as it is yet for animals. As there are animal-right activist,...
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How would it be possible to have a world of mostly jungle? [duplicate]

Recently I was making planets again and I was wondering if it was possible to have a world consist of mostly jungle and rain forest biomes. Also with that I was wondering what would need to be the ...
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Is there a limit for plant growth speed?

Now I know that there are limits technically on size of plants as seen in this post, but what I want to know is what limits a plants speed? I'm guessing it has to do with the soil, but is that all? ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Vegetation/Biomes

My world is progressing. I still have a couple of days before my deadline to finish it. If I can make it in less that 7 days, the other gods will be impressed. My world have continents with ...
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What could kill all vegetation in an area and then stop it from growing back?

So I need a barren wasteland with some dead vegetation (mainly dead trees). There should be pretty much no living plants left but it should be apparent that it was a lush place for flora and fauna ...
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Effects on wildlife of having permanent smoke in an area

The setup: A thick mountain chain is permanently covered in smoke. The smoke comes from several active volcanoes within the mountains, and is kept from dispersing by magic (the magic plays virtually ...
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Which crops to save to best ensure survival?

You're in a group of colonists, headed to your new home on Tau Ceti e. Due to some crazy accidents aboard the ship, the diverse flora that was brought aboard (for food during the journey and for ...
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What effect would a radical gravity change have on plants and fungus?

In relation to this question, what would plants do if they were taken from their environment to another gravity level, in particular zero g. For example would the daisy manage to grow higher ...
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Viability of an amalgam tree

I recently learned of a fascinating art project being developed by Sam van Aken involving the grafting of flower buds onto a stock tree. You can find out more about the project itself by visiting the ...
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Are diamond berries possible?

Diamonds are carbon. Plants take in CO2 and use the carbon. Chemically, could the right kind of plant have diamonds for berries, or is there some other limiting factor?
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How dark can a habitable planet be?

I'm picturing a world with a permanent, dark, overcast sky, but I'm wondering how dark it can be before photosynthesis is no longer an option. It looks like there are a good number of plants that ...
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Magic that Alters Living Cells - Windows in Trees?

This question deals with the magic explained in this question. It is also explained below. In my fantasy novel, magic is a natural part of the world. It is not some mystical force shrouded in ...
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The Mystery of the Missing Ginkgoes

In my alternate Earths, the plant class Ginkgoopsida has retained its prehistoric diversity, unlike back home, in which only Ginkgo biloba remains. In order for that diversity to be possible in the ...
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Plants made out of metals

Carbon dominates the makeup of life on Earth. But is there any way that plants could be made out of metals, or somehow integrate metals with their constitution? For example, we use calcium in our ...
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Plant-based gunpowder? [closed]

How about a plant which could produce a gunpowder-like substance, which can be used in explosives and firearms of at least medieval level, so that it can be harvested just like fruit, vegetables, ...
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Life on a molten world

The basis of known life on Earth is water, clear and simple. But what about forms of life on other worlds? Not every world in the universe is as hospitable as the Earth. Suppose a planet had an ...
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How would plant control powers/magic work?

In my fantasy world everyone has several (three?) magic powers that they're born with, and one of them could be control over plants. About 1/4 to 1/5 of the population will have this. They make the ...
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Can hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes cause a fire?

I am writing a book and have a species of invasive plants which secretes acid to turn plant and animal matter into a kind of fertilizer. Is this acid capable of causing a fire? Or are the countless ...
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The Ultimate Protein Bar - As a Fruit

Here is the setup: Elves, through magic, have the ability to cause regeneration of limbs/healing of wounds through natural cellular processes. Regenerating a limb, while now possible, obviously takes ...
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Big, big, big… beans

I'm trying to find explanations for a strain of beans (or any other food-producing plant) that have become large, maybe as large as most trees, and about as wide in girth, that overgrows countries ...
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Interlocking, ultra-high forest, is it possible?

I was trying to create a world that has extensive massive rain-forests unlike anything on earth where the trees interlock with thick branches to allow them to rise much higher into the air (several ...
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Explosive plants

Plants in our world evolved various kinds of defenses, like poison, urticating hairs, thorns etc. What i dont see is plants that defend themselves by means of explosions. The explosion by itself can ...
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Personal Plant Survival

We are in an alternate universe where everything is almost exactly the same. The difference is that each person is born with a single plant. Plants cannot be grown or recreated in any way. The only ...
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What would perfumes be made of for a species that evolved from flowers? [closed]

Naturally they wouldn't use flowers as a fragrance, that would just be ridiculous. And in case it matters, they're also agnostic.
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What would be the most likely colour of leaves on plants on a planet orbiting a red dwarf?

Imagine a red dwarf star orbited by a considerably Earth-sized planet in the star's habitable zone. Assuming the planet has a sufficiently powerful magnetic field to protect its surface from the star'...
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Plants or animals lighter than air [duplicate]

Would it be possible for plants or animals to evolutionarily develop a trait to accumulate molecular hydrogen in their body cavities (produced for instance by electrolysis of water) so as to become ...
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The desert of ore, what would the flora and fauna of it be like?

Based on my previous question here, which a helpful other person pointed out, which would make the question too broad, here comes a different question for that. Given a desert full of ore sand, what ...
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Are there any good uses for infinite grass and potatoes

Based off a previous question of mine here, concerning how a rapid growing weed-like grasstato, which is grass above ground, and potato underground, and how if there was infinite food for people in a ...
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Does an earth-like planet have to have Ice Ages?

When you look at the history of earth, the last ice age had major impacts on the flora and fauna of the world as well as biological migration. If I am creating an earth-like world and am developing a ...
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Chemoautotrophic Flora!

Chemoautotroph Flora In a world where there is not much sunlight, I still want to have life. Specifically, I want to capitalize on chemoautotrophs so much that the alien schoolchildren learn ...
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Dangerous salty creature killing the triffids

This question is inspired by book The Day of the triffids and this question Russia and USA have never been really "friends", lets admit it. So we will not be surprised, that one of them (pick your ...
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Fire Resistant Flora

This question is connected to: Fire Resistant Fauna I've been pondering a short story concept where a scientific expedition discovered a planet with a huge amount of both free hydrogen and oxygen in ...
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Big Green Men… from Earth

There are a couple of stories where humans gain chloroplasts. Here's a clip from one story: They are also infused with bacteriorhodopsin, allowing photosynthesis. It is now possible for a human ...
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Could plants spread their seed to other planets?

Assume a plant was engineered to cope with a wide range of different environments, and to have seeds that were capable of traveling through and surviving both the depths of space and re-entry into ...
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That's no Moon: Planet-sized Plants Possible?

Inspired by the many great questions asked for this fortnight's tag challenge, I got to thinking, could a plant develop/evolve to eventually consume an entire planet, and keep on living? What I mean ...
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Power plants — literally

It is well known that some organisms can produce electricity. Therefore I think it would not be too much of a stretch to assume that also some plants might have evolved that ability (after all, it ...
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Plant-based Armor

A lot of games feature some sort of wooden armor, but it's usually pretty low-level and mostly useless. However, I think that with a knowledge of flora and a healthy dose of imagination, there exist ...