I'd considered the idea of a creature adapted to eating Fireleaf, but I'm not sure how it'd work out yet. Maybe some kind of insect that drains the chemical pockets and mixes them internally to keep warm during the cold months, the same way the plant does... Go to Comment
Only if they damage the pockets holding the chemicals; the stalks themselves only have a small amount of the compound in the sap to keep them from freezing. Admittedly, a lot of armies are rather careless, but unless the leaf pockets are ETREMELY frail, it'd only work once - and then you'll eventually end up with burnbees. Go to Comment
Unlikely. The individual pockets each contain only one part of an exothermic compound. It would be more likely to harvest the individual chemicals and use them to fill a breakable jar that's divided to keep them apart, then use that as a grenade-like splash weapon; the substances doesn't actually burn or explode, it just gets really, really hot. This is the 'warefare' use noted in the entry, as the reaction tends to run out quickly enough to not harm the plant after browsers burn themselves on it. Used in steady moderation, it makes a pleasant, smokeless heat source, but never quite makes it to the boiling point of water. Go to Comment
Technically it is a plant for the Tundra (or permafrost environments), rather than a real arctic environments... as these need soil to grow.. rather than out on the ice. There is only so deep things can pull through the ice to reach rock and sand under the artic snow and ice.
The heating chemical could be drained and possibly used, if treated and stored correctly. That could make stands of these plants very useful to the indigneous people.
If these plants do exist, I am sure something is around to eat them... perhaps sucking up the heating liquid to keep itself warm. Just a thought. Go to Comment