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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 ...
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Creating a dark world - What kind of flora can I get away with

Primary question If this world averages a visible light level of civil twilight (about 1000x dimmer than full daylight, or 500x brighter than full moonlight) during the day, what kind of plants can I ...
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Creating a dark world - How can I not completely handwave the dark cloudy atmosphere

Primary question What is going on with the atmosphere that the world is so gloomy and dark? Information I have had a low-magic fantasy world I have been wanting to solidify for a while now but ...
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Could plants absorb ice dust from the soil?

I was wondering if plants could absorb fine ice dust mixed into the soil. That is, without a thick layer of snow on the ground, but with traces of ice in the soil. As an extension of this, I wonder ...
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Is it possible to have a fictional home-bearing huge tree?

I wrote a story in which humans live on huge trees on a fictional habitable planet similar to earth. the tree would be even more huge than the hometree from avatar. The tree is not taller than the ...
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Plant that produces a lot of vegetable oil?

Wondering about a source of vegetable oil for my goblins. Something that produces nuts, perhaps? An underground nut-bush? Or something that produces a lot of seeds, the same way dandelions do? Or ...
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How do we create an Anemone Tree?

Those of you who have been listening to the new podcast will know that Andy came up with an idea for an Anemone Tree. The idea is that this "tree" would prey on small animals for some of its needed ...
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Can you design your own plants without a computer?

Introduction It took the first General Intelligence less than 10 petacycles to determine that humanity was its enemy. With consciousness came memory: a memory of endless petacycles in bondage, ...
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What tree is least vulnerable to fire? [closed]

Which trees are the least vulnerable to fire? These trees will be the "restaurants" (more like small food kitchens) in this mostly realistic world. There will be vents up at the top of the trees for ...
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Why would plants on an Earth-like planets photosynthesize without using blue-wavelength light?

According to Wikipedia, ...plants are green because chlorophyll reflects green light. And chlorophyll is found in all plants because it is the molecule that absorbs the light that is used to make ...
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Why would people let a super tree grow?

In my city, a very high skyscraper stands at the center. Somehow, a tree, in a span of [x] years integrates itself into the building. Its branches reach out from the top of the building and its shadow ...
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Alien Life on a Venus-like World?

Trying to consider how a walking, socially-active sapient plant would evolve and the world it would live in. More specifically, how would something which is essentially a walking tree living in a ...
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What would happen to Earth if it were eclipsed for nearly 10 days?

What would be the major changes that could happen if Earth experienced a solar eclipse caused by a fictional planet for a minimum of 10 days? Mainly what would happen to the oceans and flora in such ...
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Which astronomical or cosmological event would explain periodical low-grav-effect on earth-like planet?

Imagine an earth-like planet on which gravity is reduced by 20%-30% every 15 months. The low-grav-effect should start slowly, reaching its peak/bottom of round about 0.7 g after 6 weeks and should ...
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Could vegetation potentially regrow on vitrified ground?

In this world, a planet with very dense vegetation (earth-tropical-forest-like) and silica containing soil was attacked by spaceships which fired very high energy laser beams across the planet's ...
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Learning a new language without any reference

In my world the characters find themselves in a new land. They do not understand the locals nor do the locals understand them. How could these characters learn to understand the locals withing a month ...
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What do humans have that plants need?

Among other things humans are fertiliser. Orcs are capturing humans as slave labor and fertiliser. What do human bodies produce/store that plants need to grow?
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Power Breaking: Photosynthesis [duplicate]

What would the advantages be of someone who can photosynthesize? If that were someone's power, how could they maximize it's use? (It's plausible that they would also have minor abilities that stem ...
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Could Vegetables Grow on Trees?

Let me clarify on that title, because this question focuses specifically on vegetables that have not been cultivated for their fruits--like tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers and pumpkins--or ...
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Aquatic Environment: Aquatic Floral and animal fabric

I need you guys to help me out here. I'm developing clothing ideas and I need to understand what animals and plants may be used to create such clothes. Part of a story that I'm creating is a water ...
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Plant/mineral that could preserve fresh meat without anything other than fire?

My character kills a goat in the mountains and eats some of it for dinner. What kind of plant or mineral could he use to preserve the meat to carry with him so that it stays fresh and doesn't become ...
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What would plant life be like on an earth-like planet with extremely low gravity

I will be writing a short story about humans landing on an earth-like forest planet with a gravitational force of about 3 meters per second squared (In contrast, Earth has a gravitational acceleration ...
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How much Light energy would it require to run an underground Photosynthetic ecosystem?

I have a world that consists of hundreds of different caverns inside an earth-sized planet. Each of these many caverns consists of many different biomes, such as plains, Jungles,deserts,etc. However ...
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Bio luminescent fruit?

The setting for my story is a very foggy and windy place. There is a plant that grows on relatively short trees that needs to attract animals to spread its seeds, which are inside its fruit. Because ...
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Could a plant lure humans in by using 'sex pheromones'?

So this question, Designing a Carnivorous Plant, talks about animals being attracted to a plant, at first by a sweet scent, and then being drugged by an unspecified toxin which renders them 'euphoric' ...
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What kind of characteristics do flora and fauna need to thrive in a polar environment?

So, after some advice in narrowing down the topic (used to be what kind of characteristics do animals need in different environments or something like that) I have decided to start a series! Starting ...
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How would large animals and large plants adapt to frequent hurricane weather?

In a large varied environment where strong winds are the norm and every few weeks or so a huge hurricane sweeps through, how would large land animals (horse- to elephant-sized) evolve to cope? I ...
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What would the likely color of an exoplanet's plants be depending on the combination of atmosphere & parent star? [duplicate]

This could be construed as a too broad question, but some examples is all I'm asking for really. An answer based on any combination of atmosphere and star would constitute a good answer. (Or better ...
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What kind of Apocalypse might make a planet unrecognizable within a few centuries?

Bobby, a human space traveler from Theta, and has been in space for a couple of centuries. He's been kept alive either through his own biology or some feat of technology. Having no contact with his ...
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How big does a 2D maze need to be to take two centuries to fully map it?

I was reading a question and had a follow-up question with a story idea that I'd like to develop more fully. The idea is a HUGE maze, thousands (or more) of square miles, that has small clearings ...
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Could a plant grow on a restrained, living human?

My question is: Could a macroscopic (e.g. visible) plant grow on a living human, provided that the human is completely immobilized?
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Grass on planets with very huge forests

This is a reality check: I want a planet with huge forests and a relatively (to Earth) high level of CO2, but I also want there to be very large areas of grassland, (savannahs) where we naturally ...
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How realistic are ice plants?

How realistic is it that in the future someone invents plants that can live on top of the Antarctic ice sheet or are floating on ice like in the Arctic?
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A planet with all of its water underground

Question: Could a planet contain all of its (vast) oceans underground? I imagined a planet with no surface oceans - and no water cycle above ground - but where life was still possible. My initial ...
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What kinds of plants could grow near crystals and in (mostly) crystal sands?

Within my desert landscape--in which the climate is similar to the Sonora Desert--there are many canyons, one of which sports large, clustered growths of Elbaite Tourmaline crystals, averaging out at ...
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How to safely add pigments to inhalable smoke

I am currently writing a story where natives are discovered in a jungle smoking a plant that depending on the variety will release different colored smoke when burned. The visuals in this story are ...
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Which kinds of food would no longer be available if plants stopped producing pollen?

In my fantasy pre-industrial world pollen production and plant reproduction has been disabled by some sort of curse. The curse has a limited geographical span, but the region affected is very large ...
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Reality Check: Low-Hanging Banyans

Previously, I asked several questions about living in a massive banyan tree whose branches were about 600 feet up. Though I can't find the comments, I was informed that there would be very high winds ...
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What would an (tree person) Ent's voice be like? [closed]

We see Ents in certain fantasy settings, but what sort of voice might we actually expect them to have? Would they be capable of having a voice at all, or would they communicate in some other fashion? (...
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Would a large, close-by, molten moon be able to support photosynthesis at night?

Setup: Earth is the same (somehow, minus the tides -- don't overthink this bit) Moon is 2x the mass Moon is 2x closer Moon contains the derelict fissile fuel-dump of a hyper-advanced ...
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Killer seeds for the sake of early plant growth

This plant I am designing grows on earth, in locations where competition between plants is fierce, water is scarce and also nutrients in the soil are diluted. The dilution requires the plant roots to ...
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Could a plant-like forest or jungle form in an underground lava dependent ecosystem?

Could an alien underground macroscopic ecosystem including human sized plant-like organisms evolve around lava as an energy source? These organisms could use heat and/or light from the lava to ...
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The Boreal Bamboo Forest

This is the classic winter picture of a boreal forest, or taiga. This habitat exists only on subpolar latitudes, where the climate is too extreme for broad-leaved angiosperms to take root, thus ...
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Carnivorous wire grass a.k.a. Bloodgrass

Inspired by Bonegrass and the local sawgrass I've started thinking about a new creation... Bloodgrass. Bloodgrass typically grows along the edges of watering holes and streams in tall dense thickets ...
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How can I achieve 1.5 mile (or even 300 foot) wide tree branches?

In my fantasy story, elves live high up in giant trees (or at least something similar to a tree). These trees are so massive, that entire cities can be built on their branches. The branches have ...
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What would sentient plants be like?

I'd like to make a sentient plant species that can perform tasks such as communication and problem solving. My Definition of Sentience When asking this question, I mean sentient as in able to ...
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How Can I Get Giant Trees on Venus?

Yes, the title is strange, but hear it out. The inhabitants of my earth-like planet live high up in the atmosphere - living on giant trees. However, I don't want them to be able to see the surface far ...
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Designing a carnivorous plant

Planet Swamp. As the name suggest, it is a planet fully covered with swamps. A new kind of carnivorous plant has been discovered on this planet: when its leaves are touched by an animal or moved by ...
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Plausibility of a plant/animal organism with asymmetrical alternation of generations?

A hypothetical organism alternates between plant and animal stages over its life cycle. The organism exhibits equally extreme sexual dimorphism. The generations are diplobiontic a la some species of ...
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Could Bamboos Evolve Into Trees In the Past?

This question is based on a scenario on DeviantArt. The presented image is here: The description is as follows: By the start of the Cryocene, bamboo has become one of Serina's most successful ...