Questions tagged [plant-design]

The design and creation of imaginary flora.

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Trying to figure out clothing material for floral humanoids

I don’t want my floral humanoids nude because they evolved past that. They wear clothes made out of plants but I can’t figure what type of plants they were. It’s either: Abnormally large petals from ...
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Could a plant capture a person?

Could a plant, with the right adaptations, have the right speed and strength to capture an unprepared human without harming them? The plants would be bound by real rules of biology, and couldn't use ...
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How would a human/floral humanoid offspring look?

I’m trying to figure out what the appearance of a human and a floral humanoid offspring would look like. The floral humanoids have humanlike bodies with petal hair and “unnatural” skin color (which ...
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Anatomically Correct Vegetable Lamb

The vegetable lamb is a plant that has a sheep for fruit. These sheep are quite similar to natural sheep, with legs, guts, and wool in the same anatomy as a sheep, and are attached to the rest of the ...
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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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Can electrosynthetic aliens function in this way?

Ok, so I've been running this idea for an alien biosphere through my head for a while now, but i'm debating how plasuable I can make this. Starting from the base, these are sedentary autotrophs living ...
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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 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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How to design a Venusian plant?

I want to design a plant-like organism that floats ~50km above the surface of Venus, where the conditions are somewhat Earth-like. I envision it to be a large photosynthesizing balloon on a very long ...
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Reef World 3 - Wandering Islands on the oceans of Reef World

Piggybacking on "Massive volcano on reef world?" Pumice is a porous volcanic rock that while hard is friable (can crumble). What if my “Olympus Mons” equivalent volcano on Reef World created ...
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Could the Earth survive without animals and have only plants and fungi populate it? [duplicate]

My question is very specific. If the Earth had evolved to never have animals, and instead only have plants and fungi, could the Earth be habitable for humans, or any life at all? Could it be ...
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Can I have trees with blue bark?

My planet has a star that peaks in the violet part of the spectrum. Its atmosphere has a purple-ish hue due to this. My planet has a 40.6° axial tilt, giving it frigid winters and hot summers. Now, ...
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Anatomically Correct Fiction Land Man-Eating plant [duplicate]

A submission to the Anatomically Correct series! Yes, a man-sized pitcher plant would (probably) be realistic, and yes that would sure be a man eating plant. But, this question is not asking about ...
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Feedback/help on planetary density?

I’m at a bit of a wall here. I have numbers for mass, radius, and gravity for my planet (Neogaea), but the density is escaping me. Mass: 1.31 earth masses Radius: 1.027 earth radius Gravity: 1.25 ...
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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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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 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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Can a person use plants instead of blood, and what would the consequences of this be? [duplicate]

I have been brainstorming an idea for a kind of human-plant symbiosis, in which a plant has either evolved or been modified to photosynthesize with heat instead of light. This plant may have evolved ...
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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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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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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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What organs or modification needed to have tree that gain energy from lightning or electricity?

As the title: I want to know what kind of organs or modifications need for plants like tree to gain energy from lightning or electricity (and still fine or safe or alive of course). Since I have a ...
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Megamangrove Roots--Which Kind of Aerial Roots Would Best Support Their Large Size?

In an alternate Earth, early or midway in the Eocene Epoch, there debuted a family of angiosperm trees whose roots need to be completely submerged. As a result, the limit is that they can't germinate ...
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What would a thicker atmosphere do to plant growth/evolution?

I'm working on a concept for a habitable world with venus-like atmospheric pressures, where humans have settled onto huge tabletop mountains where the atmosphere isn't as crushing. This is a ...
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Why would a tree species grow very large in what is a very windy environment?

In my fictional world, the planet has some very strong winds that regularly blow across large areas of land. In this world, however, very large, tall trees grow (the reason for the size of the tree is ...
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How do my plants trap so much carbon?

The boom-bust cycle answer I took for my question: Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere pends on the atmosphere being rich in oxygen but poor in CO2. I, however, ...
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If an entire forest was pulled together into one "grafted tree" by the use of Demi-god worthy magic, what would that tree be like? [closed]

In my world, Yggdralon Trees are absolutely massive trees that were once vast forests. Tales claim that they were created by the Demi-gods. They pulled the forests around them and wrapped the trees ...
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Could a marine plant have a salt-filtration system for when plants suck up the sea-water (providing a source of fresh water?)?

In a world I want to make, sailors would travel at sea for many years, perhaps up to ten, on sail boats. Obviously, they'd normally be stricken by scurvy and such, but I was thinking of some kind of "...
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What modifications are needed to have tree that can create hurricane/cyclone around it?

I don't know much about hurricane/cyclone and how to created it (nor know the difference much, so bear with me if i make mistake), so I want to know what kind of plant organs or ability need to ...
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What modifications are needed to have plants that can grow and survive in a world of sugar and sweetness?

What modification would a plant — especially tree — develop in a world where everything is made of sugar, caramel, cake, syrup, soda, etc.? Think of something like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, or ...
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what organs or modification needed to have plants that drink liquid blood?

so in my world the rivers and lakes (not sure about the sea yet) are made of blood that'll never dry up. The blood maybe fresh or not (I still haven’t decided yet,probably both anyway) i also haven’t ...
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Can a planet with blue glowing plants exist?

I have a planet where I want all plants to be blue and glowing. I was thinking that they could use something other than light for energy. I want the plants to always glow. The atmosphere is basically ...
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Feasibility of a tree with a circulatory system

I recently look at a question on this site that questioned if a “world tree” is feasible, Would a 'World Tree' be feasible in real life?. If i remember correctly, it stated that one way to ...
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What modification would make literal fire trees be able to grow?

To help imagine it and my inspiration, it's basically similar to pictures from Abrahamic religions with burning trees like this one. They can't speak though, they are just trees or plants that are ...
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Are "plants" and "animals" inevitable on an alien planet?

Is it simply inevitable that on a planet organisms would split into motile and non-motile groups? I'm planning on creating slime-like amoebic chemotrophs for my light devoid-planet that are the "plant"...
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Uses of common and cheap diamonds [closed]

Inspired by this question, I've wondered how it would world look, if those diamond berries were real. Let's assume in my fantasy world of XVII/XVIII IRL technology have one species of plant that have ...
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Ecological effects of invisible-but-life-sustaining mana flows on flora propagation methodology

In the universe that I am writing about, there are flows of mana similar to a jet stream that crisscross the land but are invisible to the human eye (except perhaps to mystics, etc). They are ...
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The case of the sexist plant

Let's say we have a species of plant, that, for whatever reason, only wants to be pollenated by female pollinators. Maybe this gives some advantage to the plant and/or pollinator. Why would a plant ...
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Hanging World - Trees

Scenario A civilization is living on an ancient super structure, they don't know much about it, they just live there and have lived there for as long as they know. For our current situation we can ...
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What kind of planet environment could best host aliens like *Battle: Los Angeles*?

If I want a home for aliens like those which invaded in Battle:Los Angeles, what would be the best fitting features? The aliens: Burn water for fuel (assume they are using deuterium for fusion) ...
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Fauna (and flora) in temperate polar region

Due to the world being based more on magic than actual science, I have a "planet" with changing season everywhere. A "sun" orbits it roughly near the equator, but it only gives light, it doesn't ...
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What would a silicone-based plant, especially a tree, look like?

This question's information is based on the answer in my previous question about what the aquatic creature need in order to live or survive in my acid water? The thing that's not in the description ...
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How can leaves knock out a dragon-like creature? [closed]

The "hero" of the story is a biologist/botanist that lives in the 30th century. All is fine...high-tech city, lots of flying cars, robots flying around. She works at a big lab, with a room next door ...
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A parasitic apple tree?

Could there arise naturally a plant that like mistletoe attaches itself parasitically to an oak tree that can interbreed with a regular apple tree, and produce fruit that are very similar to apples?
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What Would the Third Kind of Angiosperm Look Like?

To put this title into context, there are actually two basic kinds of angiosperms on Earth, showing here: These differences in characteristics serve their own adaptations to survive and thrive. Now ...
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Exploding fruit mechanism

I'm designing an alien tree species that produces small purple fruits at the edge of its braches. Now a few seconds after one of these fruits falls from the tree it makes a small explosion so that its ...
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What would it take for a plant to produce electric shocks?

I'm designing an alien plant soecies that has evolved to produce electric shocks, as a way to keep insects away from it. My question is, how would it produce electricity in the first place? Also, ...
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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 ...