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Plausibility Check: Territorial Trees?

Background In case you haven't heard: there are places in the Amazonian Jungle called Devil's Gardens. The gardens are large swaths of land composed of almost entirely one single tree the Duroia ...
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Are Extraterrestrial's pagoda trees plausible?

In the National Geographic mini-series Extraterrestrial or Alien Worlds, they featured a hypothetical gas giant moon called the Blue Moon. The Blue Moon orbits a binary star, has a very dense ...
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Are plastic plants plausible?

Edit: some answerers seem to be slightly misunderstanding the nature of the premise. Remember that the concept here is this; In the Precambrian of Earth, bacteria evolve to extract the abundant ...
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Plant-Animal reproduction

I'm designing an Anthropomorphic Lu-pine. (Get it? Cuz it's technically a tree, but it looks like a werewolf.) They are mobile, omnivorous plants, slightly larger than the average person. They are ...
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Could a plant vocalise and how?

If given a reason to develop such a process, such as attracting prey or scaring away threats or even making recognisable patterns to 'talk' to humans, what is the most likely way they would do this? ...
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A huge desert full of green sand, seated on a plateau, is steadily drained into the nearby lowlands. What happens to the environment? [closed]

I have a large plateau, and roughly in the center are mile-high cliffs surrounding a valley. Inside the valley is a green sandy desert. The sand is composed of olivine. Unfortunately for the ...
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Viability of animal plant? (Energy calculation)

I'm trying to design a humanoid or anthropomorphic organism that would be classified as a plant. The main argument people mention is that it wouldn't be able to produce enough energy to survive. I've ...
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How relevant is new genetic diversity for plant/animal populations badly bottlenecked several centuries ago?

Scenario: A major ecological disaster occurred five hundred years ago, in which large numbers of species (including almost all wild fauna) went extinct. Assume that the environment both before and ...
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How long could an alien species survive at sea?

The species in question are Herbivores, bipedal in nature, around 50 to 80 pounds on average, and require around 2250 calories per day to stay healthy. The ships these populations would live on are ...
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Which plant species would be most likely to recover after a decade of no light?

Presume a decade of darkness, after a several months of steadily shortening daylight. Assume that the temperature and weather patterns remain (inexplicably) fairly unchanged. Ten years later, when ...
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Complete Biosphere DNA Collection [closed]

So you have just come across a new life bearing planet with organisms with Earth-like biology. You want to accomplish a complete biosphere analysis (sample collection) in a timely manner. How would ...
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A Temperate Deciduous Monster--Too Big?

What is a flower or shrub back home is a tree in an alternate Earth, and vice versa. That is something worth exploring. For example, Taraxacum officinale can grow from stems typically up to 5-40 ...
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Largest Flower Size Possible

On an Earth analog, assuming all the selective pressures necessary are there, how large can a flower's bloom evolve to be? I'm referring the the vegetative part of the flower, the petals! I have no ...
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Feasibility of Continent Spanning Trees [duplicate]

I have a world smaller than Earth (radius= 3,900 Km) with the same gravity and it is largely covered in interconnected continents. I also have a species of tree that can create a clonal forest of ...
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Feasibility of a mainly forested planet

I have a small planet with a Radius of 3,900 kilometers and a density of 8.9 g/cc. It has an extremely Earth-like climate and has been extremely volcanically and geologically active in the "recent" ...
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Could natural selection imitate humans' selective breeding?

I have a small isolated archipelago. Is it feasible that the flora of the island through natural selection (with animals favoring bigger fruits) has been steered to evolve large, plump fruits of the ...
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What Other Types of Broadleaves Would Grow in Subarctic Conditions?

As it turns out, conifers are not the only trees to grow in boreal forests, or taiga. At the southernmost ends, the evergreens are mixed with such deciduous trees as: Birch Alder Willow Poplar Maple ...
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Feasibility of Giant Fungi

I have a temperate rainforest environment within the arctic circle of my planet. What is the feasibility of fungi storing nutrients from dead matter during the daylight hours, then erupting to create ...
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Can a planet harbor plants of different colors without one pigment outcompeting the others?

On Earth, all plants are green because they contain the pigment chlorophyll, which photosynthesizes by absorbing all light except green light. However, it is quite possible - if not likely - that ...
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Sugar-bomb tree mechanics

I'm developing a tree that has a peculiar fruit. Instead of having water in said fruit, there is nothing but sugar. The tree pumps sugar into a hollow orb which slowly "bakes," caramelizing into an ...
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Herb and plant creation with real life botany information

I've been on the worldbuilding StackExchange for a little while now and I have yet to see a specific line of questioning. How do I design and create flora for my world? As this particular question may ...
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How to kill trees?

In a world where magic energy and life-force are compatible if not equivalent forces, woodcutting can be a problem in regions with high magic potential. If a woodcutter fells a tree and leaves it, it ...
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Life on oceans above the sky [closed]

The Leidenfrost effect is a physical phenomenon in which a liquid, in near contact with a mass significantly hotter than the liquid's boiling point, produces an insulating vapor layer keeping that ...
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Could a virus that just kills plants be the end of us all?

Skip to Info if you can't be bothered reading (Story Plot) There are two super powers in a "cold war" scenario. One side decided that nuclear war wasn't the only thing they could use to hurt their ...
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What happens to plants when the temperature increases a lot in a couple of years?

Consider an area of a fantasy world which experiences the following changes: Amount on rainfall, and thunderstorms, increases dramatically. Average temperature increases by 10-20 degrees Celsius over ...
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Is this a viable/realistic imaginary species?

I am creating a species for my alien world that will be seen as 'holy' by the planets dominant religion. I'd like to know if my 'holy' species could viably exist biologically/evolutionarily. Assume ...
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How could magic theoretically alter flora/fauna? [closed]

My world is close to an alternate earth except totally different. The planets name is Ethuna, and instead of magma and a molten core, it's made of a ball of energy connecting huge masses of rock. This ...
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How to design a hyper-coffee plant

How much caffeine could you fit into a roasted coffee bean (that will later be ground and steeped) while still having a strong coffee flavor? I'm aiming for a super-caffeine boost -- something where ...
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How would a tree that can create its own wind work and look like?

I had an idea of a wind tree that can create wind but it is not man-made) in a fantasy world. Then I began to think/wonder of ways it could realistically work without any magic. So thats where I'm ...
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How would a plant adapted to living at -23 degrees Celsius keep ice from clogging its stomata?

Full version of the question: How would a plant adapted to living at -23 degrees Celsius keep the water vapor it transpirates from flash freezing to the surface of/within its leaves and clogging its ...
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If I made a plant that could float between clouds, what would it look like?

If I had complete control over the plant's appearance, what would be the best shape for it? I need the plant to be able to float between the clouds. It doesn't have to spend its whole life cycle ...
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How much darker could the sun get without killing off the plants necessary for the production of oxygen?

So essentially in my story, aliens put something around the sun that doesn't stop all the light from it hitting Earth, but only some of it, effectively dimming the light without outright extinguishing ...
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How to colonize this planet?

About 39 light years away is a lush, biodiverse planet, called Leena. It is the fourth planet from a yellow star. The planet is a prime target for human colonization, as probe bots have discovered ...
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How do I go about creating new flora and fauna in my novel? [closed]

In my novel most species of animals and plant life have gone extinct, and they have to be created again. Some of these reborn animals and plants are old and others are supposed to be brand new species....
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How to make sure humans do not know the meteorological phenomenon rainbow?

You've got to love the rainbow, it's an awesome sight. But I don't want humans to have the pleasure of seeing the rainbow. What change to the earth, atmosphere and so on, is needed so that humans ...
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Can a Prototaxite be used for a wood equivalent?

Prototaxites. Giant, finger-shaped mushrooms. Painting by Mary Parrish, National Museum of Natural History. These monsters existed before trees did, and while there are a few theories on whether ...
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Stable life on Mercury [duplicate]

Are plants able to live of Mercury? Are they able to grow in the ground and be edible by humans? I feel kinda silly asking this but I have to find out for a school project.
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How long would life on Earth survive without any animals?

In my story, all the fauna in the planet (basically Earth) has been instantly killed, leaving only flora and fungi. How long will it take before the effects start to show, and how long until all the ...
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Could ancient seeds buried deep in subsoil sprout given the right conditions?

A friend of mine was telling me about a story where a man clear cut a diverse ecosystem of plants in an area similar to size and shape of a small caldera (not necessarily a caldera itself). ...
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How quickly do forests spread in a temperate climate?

On a continent similar to modern-day Europe with a temperate climate, 90% of the continent's flat and hilly land was once covered by native forest. Human activity has reduced that to 10%. A ...
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Flora Ecology on a M-Dwarf Planet with Slow Rotation [closed]

I'm building a world for an artistic project, and I'm struggling a bit with how the photosynthetic organisms would likely be different from Earth's plants. I'm not looking for wild idea generation, ...
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Growing blue trees

What about the atmosphere of earth makes green the best color for plants, and what would have to change to make blue the best color? The fact that these changes could not happen on earth, an so would ...
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What fruits and vegetable could people grow 6 000 years BC?

Considering a civilization that was here far before everything we know of, lets say around time of Gilgamesh. Warm climate, almost no winters, near the ocean with enough rivers, and people being able ...
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How could trees move by themselves? [duplicate]

Trees are fascinating. I often think about what they would do, if they would have minds like we do. Could they form an own race? Would they organize in states like we do? Could they go in war? Maybe ...
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Could a plant grow on a building taller than mount Everest?

I was wondering if it was possible to potentially grow a plant on a building taller than mount Everest. I mean on as in bottom to top with grass or some other plant. Would the grass run out of oxygen ...
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Could a forest grow near a salt flat?

In my world there's a salt flat like Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (of different size if need be) (source) Is there a chance a medium- to large-sized forest could have grown naturally in the immediate ...
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Biochemistry of Plants harnessing heat-energy when blue-shifted light is scarce

What biochemical reactions might be employed by plants to harvest heat energy when light energy is scarce or even missing? What is the temperature range over which this biochemical reaction can work? ...
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Tree bark on tidally locked planets

I saw this video, and I'm curious what color bark would be if the sun was in one position constantly. The video explains that birch trees are white because of stuff in their bark. The reason is ...
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What do mushroom-corals use to build their skeletons?

The world is a steamy tropical ball reminiscient of Earth in the time of the dinosaurs. There is no permanent ice cover anywhere on Earth. An arctic continent, entirely within the polar circle, is ...
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What would the color of flora on a Rogue Planet be?

Question in the title. A Rogue planet is a sunless world that exists in interstellar space. It might be possible for life to develop on one, but what happens when that happens? I've seen people say ...