The Baych Tree can be found throughout mid Sarvonia, though it is found more often in the Bolder, the Goltherlon Forest, the Vontron, etc. Baych Trees have grayish-blue bark, making them easily identifiable among other trees, producing a triangular-shaped nut in autumn that can be eaten or used to season other foods. Baych Trees can also be used to make furniture, houses, and children’s toys.
Picture description. The Baych Grove near the fishing village of Nepris. Image drawn by Seeker.
Appearance. The Baych
Tree grows between 15 to 23 peds high and has a bark that is distinct for its
blue-gray color. The trunk of the tree hardly ever exceeds 2 or 3 fores.
Throughout the tree’s like, this trunk will remain, for the most part,
it is smooth
to the touch, though it may become mottled or warty over time. The branches of
the Baych are well-balanced and spread out fairly evenly. The width of the tree
may vary depending on its environment. If the forest in which it
can be found is
crowded with other trees, it will grow fairly thin, but if allowed enough space,
it can grow 19 peds in diameter. The twigs of this tree, which are a blue-brown
or gray-brown color, tend to zigzag slightly, as the leaves alternate on the
twig. Twigs are typically slender and have spear-shaped buds at their tips.
The leaves are rather papery and usually vary from 6 to 12 nailsbreadths in length and 2.5 to 6 nailsbreadths in width and have small hairs on their underside. The leaves are elliptical shaped and have a serrate edge, as well as veins, which include one primary vein that runs through the middle of the lead and diagonal veins that run from the primary vein to a tooth of the serrate edge. The leaves are usually a verdurous green, but can be a yellowish green. In autumn, they turn a brown or golden color.
The male and female flowers are born on separate trees and appear in spring after new leaves have formed. The male flower appears in globe-shapes suspended on thin, long stems that are usually equipped with small hairs. These flowers vary from a soft pink to orange, usually with a little yellow in them. The stamen sticks out from the soft flowers and produces yellow pollen. The female flowers appear as short, erect spikes and vary between a deep red and a brownish red color.
Each female flower will produce only one bur that may hold between one and three nuts, called Baychnuts. These burs tend to be about 2.5 nailbreadths and are a dark brown and have many small spikes. The nut itself is triangular or tear-shaped and is typically 2 nailsbreadths long, though climate and weather condition can drastically affect the size. The nut is brown and usually rather shiny apart from being edible. Overall, the Baych Tree has a stock trunk and a lush, round crown.
Picture description. An eerie ancient baych tree found in the Baych Swamps of Nepris. Image drawn by Seeker.
The Baych Tree can be found as far south as the Zeiphyrian
Forests and the northern part of the Auturian
Woods. It grows as far northward as the Shadow Lands and has been found in
the Wounds of Sylvan and the Forests of Cahm. Baych Trees can
also be found in greatest
concentration around mid and north Santharia
including the Bolder
Forest, the Goltherlon, the Paelelon,
Vontron, the Shivering
Woods, and the Almatrar.
It also typically grows in plains such as the Stone Fields of Peat in Northern Sarvonia,
as well as in places like the Heath of Jernaís and the Aurora Fields.
Usages. The Baych Tree produces edible, triangular-shaped nuts called Baych nuts. These nuts tend to be rather sweet and may be eaten as a small snack or crushed and used to season other foods.
The wood of the Baych Tree has commonly been used to help build houses as many like its soft, light, slightly orangish color. It is also good to use because of its hard, close-grained wood. Baych wood has been used to make tables, chairs, shelves, drawers, and other sorts of furniture. It can also be used to make handles for farming equipment and toys for children.
Reproduction. The Baych Tree produces flowers in spring after new leaves grow back. The flowers come in both a male and female variety, each of which is found on different trees. The male flower, which appears as a globe suspended on a thin, slender stalk, produces yellow pollen which spread through the hair by way of wind or insects. The female flower, which appears like a short, erect spike, catches this pollen and by chúh'querín or salarí'herín will have produced a bur which contains one to three small, brown, edible nuts. The burs will fall and open in coór'pherán when the leaves themselves fall from the trees. If not picked up and eaten, these nuts will grow into Baych Trees that, in 3 to 5 years, will be able to reproduce themselves.
Information provided by Rayne Avalotus