THE BUSHES OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Shrubs or bushes are distinguished from a tree by the fact that has multiple stems and shorter height, not exceeding height of 5 or 6 peds. In most cases such plants are even shorter. A large number of plants may become either shrubs or trees, depending on the growing conditions they experience.

Overview. The following bushes have been recorded so far in the Compendium:

AI'LE BUSH, THE ("BONE BUSH")
The Ai'le Bush, also known as the "Bone Bush", is hardy, very resilient to cold and heat, and thrives in arid conditions throughout the world of Caelereth. Despite its name, it is also renowned for producing one of the most spectacular array of colours in its flowers, as they literally change throughout the year before eventually forming into a fruit. The Aj'Nuvic Grounds, to the north west of the Ráhaz'Dath desert in South Sarvonia, play host to the largest fields of these bushes and after its infrequent rains can be transformed into a sea of colour by the flowers of the Ai'le alone.
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ALRIK'RAN BUSH, THE ("WOMENSROOT")
Alrik'ran is a small woody bush with tiny coin shaped succulent green leaves and medicinal roots found growing in areas of scorched land in the Narfost Plain. Dependent on the plains-fires brought on by the lorahough's propensity to combust, this plant is a somewhat uncommon sight, but greatly in demand amongst the Shendar women of that area.
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ASHEN'EVATHÓN BUSH, THE
The Ásen’evathón is a very special fruit bearing bush of the northern reaches of Sarvonia. Ásen’evathón (Styrásh "Ásen’evathón", "Sweet Ice") is so named as a result of its year round fruit bearing properties, as even in the most ravishing cold of winter a blue coloured berry serves as a frozen treat to any so lucky as to stumble on this bush. Return to the top
 

BRISULIVAN BUSH, THE ("BUTTERFLY BUSH")
The Common Brisulivan (bri-ZOO-lee-van), or Butterfly Bush, is an attractive, sweet-smelling shrub, developed by the gnomes. It is popular as a garden plant in many parts of Santharia. Its name comes from the gnomish "brisuli", meaning "butterflies", as butterflies are insects this plant's yellow flowers attract. This shrub has two varieties: Common Brisulivan, a type domesticated by gnome horticulturist Gwor Bael from Wild Brisulivan, which is a much rarer, less attractive plant growing sparsely along Santharia's east coast. Return to the top
 

The Candlebsuh

CANDLEBUSH, THE
The Candlebush is a tall bush, finding its home all around Santharia. Its berries are used to make expensive candles, which are favoured because the wax does not melt as slowly as regular candles. Thought to be a gift from the gods, these bushes are seen as the source of light.
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The Cavernfire Bush

CAVERNFIRE BUSH, THE ("KAYFER")
The Cavernfire is a small bush, growing to a height between a man's knee or waist, which is found in caves, tunnels, and shaded areas of the Imlith Mountains in Northern Sarvonia. This plant can only grow in areas of limited sunlight at best, since it will wither when exposed to direct sunlight for more than a few hours a day. The Cavernfire is of great importance to the Susilgerim Dwarves, who use it for food, dyes, and several lesser purposes. This plant is highly revered by them for its usefulness. It is called "Cavernfire" by non-dwarves for its reddish-orange glow, which is especially apparent in the dark caves and crevices which the plant prefers. The Susilgerim Dwarves call it "Khorultir" (an elided form of KhorimyehUltir, "Dying Light"), which most think refers to the poisonous quality of the plant's sap, though some counter that it is a memorial of the death of a great Susilgerim hero who is associated with the plant. Return to the top
 

DAIN'BEL BUSH, THE
The Dainbel (Styrásh "Dain'bél" for "Day Berry") is a small, squat bush found predominantly within the southern provinces. It is best known for the varying colours of its berries and unusual flowers. On the first day of the month of Changing Winds simple white flowers extend from the thick stems. The flowers recede every night to only flower again at Firstflame. As the months change to the Rising Sun the flowers are replaced by small white berries. As time moves on the berries progress through many colours, and with each colour comes a different taste. Return to the top
 

The Doch Nut Bush

DOCH NUT BUSH, THE
Doch Nuts are popular Santharian snack food; a very tasty little nut, which comes in a shell that after harvesting, dries and cracks so they are easily opened. The nut leaves a pleasant buttery aftertaste that is beyond description. The shells have a natural saltiness to them, so most people will suck on the shells, crack them apart with their teeth, spit the shells out, then crunch up the nut. Return to the top
 

DRAGONBELLS BUSH, THE ("BURGISVILLAI")
The Dragonbells, or as they are called in their cultivated form, Burgisvillai, is a highly decorative climbing bush, that often astounds people with its extravagant amount of brightly coloured flowers. Native to the flanks of the Dragon's Back Mountains in northern Zhun, these popular plants have been spread from garden to garden all over the continent, and beyond. Return to the top
 

FOOLSBED BUSH, THE ("WANDERTHORN")
The Foolsbed is native to the Lands of Pain, and is also referred to as False Dreaming, Batbush or Wanderthorn. It is an unusual, woody desert shrub with unique methods of moisture collection and mind-effecting defenses from those creatures who would take that moisture. The Foolsbed Bush has also been recorded growing in Aeruillin, especially near the Void. Return to the top
 

The Forget-Me-Not

FORGET-ME-NUT, THE ("NO-KNOW-NUT")
This putrid plant from the southern borders of the Mists of Osthemangar has but one feature which makes it worthy of mention; the subterranean seed known commonly as the Nak-Nut. Containing the power to befuddle the memory, it has been the subject of much experimentation through the centuries, most of it dangerous and misguided. Names used to refer to this plant are "Forget-Me-Nut", "No-Know-Nut", "Nak's Bane", "Nak-Nut" and "Lithnut".
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GOLDENBELL BUSH, THE
The Goldenbell Bush, named for its small, golden flowers, is a rather small bush that can be found mostly in forests in mid northern Santharia as well as the southern portion of Northern Sarvonia. Though not commonly planted in gardens, many deer, such as the starbacks and the Sarvonian white deer, find their leaves delectable and rodents like the field mice feast on their seeds. Return to the top
 

The Halak-Sun Blood Bloom Bush

HALAK-SUN BLOOD BLOOM BUSH, THE
The Halak-Sun Blood Bloom bush
can vary from one fore to almost two peds in height, depending on age of the bush, distance from the shoreline, and whether or not it grows in a sheltered area. The bush tends to be very thick, with a multitude of dark sognastheen leaves, and the outside of the bush is dotted with large flowers every couple of spans across the surface. Its scent is very lovely, and can be smelled at fair distances on the soft breezes of its homeland. The blooms can be distilled down to a very rare, and very expensive, fragrant perfume. Return to the top
 

The Heart Bush

HEARTH BUSH, THE ("HEARTHBERRY BUSH")
The Hearth Bush is a low shrub that grows primarily in the region of the Santharian province of Enthronia. This peculiar plant is oddly coloured, and is more than often associated with the element of fire. It is the main ingredient for the popular "Twilight's Hearth", a Cavthan drink.
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IN'ILÁ SHRUB, THE ("CLIMBER")
The In’ilá (Styrásh
In’ilá, "climber", lit. "to scale unmoving, e.g. rock face"), is an evergreen shrub, closely related to the cloewen tree. Like its wild Quallian relative a sparse, straggly, shrub, though this sub-species has a climbing habit, often found wound around the trunks of other trees and through branches. Return to the top

 

JUK'LAN SHRUB, THE
The Juk’lan shrub (lit. “happy mouth”) is a low, bushy shrub which grows north of the Tandalas and along most of the rivers in northern Sarvonia, right up to the Icelands. It is used in some foods and also to make a pungent tasting (hence the name) medicinal drink by the Kuglimz and most, if not all, of the other northern peoples. Return to the top

 

LASHARDIA, THE ("CORPSE PLANT")
The Lashardia, or "Corpse Plant", as this bush is more commonly called, carnivorously feeds itself from flesh and blood rather from earth and sun. Growing in the far off jungles of the Peninsula of Shar, the Lashardia is thought to be a mere legend by most, but the people of southwestern Nybelmar. The Lashardia is a large flower bush that grows over the graves of freshly killed victims left over by preying animals. The plants tendency to grow over graves or corpses provides it with its two more common names of the "Grave Plant" or "Corpse Plant". The Lashardia is also known for its highly poisonous but rare blooms and the sleeping gas the females release just before her buds come into full bloom. It is not for nothing that there is a Krean saying that goes "He that sleeps with the Lashardia sleeps his last sleep". Return to the top
 

MUTLIWEED, THE
The Mutliweed has one of the largest ranges of any other plant, found nearly on every continent and island in the world, though is is more commonly found in Northern Sarvonia. The plant produces a nut, the Mutnut, which is where the weight value of the mut (equaling 1/100 of a heb) originated from. Though the plant, which often appears as a bush, is small, it has deep roots, making it difficult to get rid of. Return to the top
 

NIGHTSHADE BUSH, THE ("HOTVALE")
The flowering and useful fruit-bearing Nightshade Bush may be found in chalky soils throughout southern Sarvonia. The plant is also known as "Hotvale" or "Coór's Bouquet". Perhaps the Alchemist Periklesius had this plant, among other potent herbal remedies, in mind when he wrote: “All the drugs are poisons, it is only a question of dose.” Return to the top
 

PRICKLESPINE SHRUB
The Pricklespine plant is a dark-coloured shrub that can grow to incredible sizes, often towering over the landscape. Its deep black colouration and wicked thorns make it easily distinguishable, and its preference for growing in sparse and arid locations make it stand out against the landscape. Many travellers hence use large outgrowths of Pricklespine as orienteering landmarks. The sheer size and wickedness of its thorns and its ominous black colour give it a very forbidding presence, something to be avoided and respected. Pricklespine can be found growing in smallish groves around central Southern Sarvonia, especially in the Bone Valley between the Fores. Return to the top

 

The Redberry Bush

REDBERRY BUSH, THE
The Redberry Bush is a common, medium-sized bush that can be found throughout most of Caelereth (with the exception of southern Nybelmar and Aeruillin. The Redberry plant got its name from its many small, tart and, more importantly, red berries. The juice is used for cooking and is suitable for seasoning stews. The juice is also one of the more important ingredients in the ormelin (orm conservation fluid). Some people also make a jelly out of the berries, which taste good on steaks and with poultry. Return to the top
 

The Rosemint

ROSEMINT BUSH, THE
The Rosemint is a common bush natural to the more temperate areas of Santharia. This plant comes by its name for the minty smelling leaves and beautiful flowers it produces. Rosemint is used not only for its very aromatic scent but also the fresh mint flavor it can bring to any food. The Rosemint is now very commonly found in many gardens throughout Santharia and is said to bring good luck. Return to the top
 

SIPPING BUSH, THE ("AHENAH")
A common bush found in many of the northern areas of the Sarvonian continent, the Sipping Bush tree is unlike most plants. A thin, stalky plant, it grows in a very unusual way, giving it its common name, the Sipping Bush, except for the Antislar who know it as the "Ahenah Bush". Used by northern tribes for its medicinal uses, for nourishment and building material, it is a plant that has become very important to the northern people. Return to the top

 

TANSIA BUSH, THE
The Tansia Bush is normally approximately one ped in height and a half a ped in width. Much of the width of this plant occurs at the upper half. The thick, cylindrical stalk is leafless for half its height. Then, halfway up, a profusion of thin branches stick out in a haphazard fashion. A light green multitude of small, spade shaped leaves form a thick vegetation at the head of this odd bush. Nestled in small numbers throughout this riot of branches and leaves are tan colored seed pods. Each pod contains four seeds, the husk of the pod is formed close to the seed, giving the pod a gently rolling appearance. Return to the top
 

The Teki Tree

TEKI TREE, THE
The Teki Tree is a small and measly berries-producing tree which can be found mainly in north eastern parts of Santharia. It grows even in rough and snowy terrain, where it serves as a scarce source of food for animals and people alike. Though the berries taste bitter and dry, they are often a welcomed by travellers in the cold north. The pits of the plant, the deep red Teki Seeds, are also used for dying clothes to the colour red. Return to the top
 

TEN-TEN BUSH, THE
The Ten-Ten bush (Thergerim
Ten-Ten, "Strong-Strong") or “Milchplant” is a bush that grows on the rocky sides of the Zsharkanian Peaks in the centre of Nybelmar. It’s about a fore high and dark green, almost grey to the colour. It has leaves that are completely round and about a palmspan wide. The only creature that can eat them are the milch goats. The taste makes people vomit.
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The Totit

TOTIT, THE
Coming almost to the knee of most adult humans, standing about one half ped in height, Totit has been used by the tribes of east Aeruillin for generations for both a food source and a medication. Despite its generous numbers, the tribes have not been able to domesticate the plant or grow it in easily harvestable fields. Return to the top
 

WOMBLOSE TREE, THE
Also known as "Birthbark", "Labour’s End" or "She-Tree". This modest tree is actually a bush or shrub, spreading from a central tussock of stump into a spray of thin, whippy limbs.  It stands about eight fores tall and prefers moist ground (often found side by side with the common willow). The trunk is mottled and the bark easily flaked off. Bark gatherers often prefer to strip the entire tree at one sitting, as they say the dosage is more consistently calculated. The bark is then soaked in a solution of oil and spices to extract the essential ingredients, and the oil given as drops on the tongue. It is commonly used for women in labour to ease pain and give short-term bursts of energy. Most midwives make their own, with a jealously-guarded proportion of spices and flavouring adjusted to personalize it, so the exact recipe is not known. The tree dies in the process of bark harvesting, but since it grows prolifically as a shrub, and can be rooted from a cutting stuck back into the moist soil, it is in no danger of being eradicated in Caelereth any time soon. Return to the top


 Date of last edit 9th Awakening Earth 1672 a.S.

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