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Rose Tree

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Quote from an idea of Strolen: “A series of trees drop super spiny seeds to the ground. Only the most durable shoes can keep the spines from stabbing through.”

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The tree produces wonderful deeply red flowers, faintly resembling actual roses, with what resembles soft white hair around. While not thorny, the flowers then close into hard seeds, the soft hair turns into sharp thorns, making the ground around dangerous. Presumably, it is an adaptation to local reptiles and their hard skin, helping it to stick and be carried to new locations.

To humans, it is a painful thing to pass under the tree in late summer. Most local animals know when to evade it, too. Luckily, a seed stays hard for only a few weeks, a few days at most if it gets wet.

In autumn, the leaves turn to exactly the same red colour, making it stand out among other trees.

Additional Information
Local men like to describe the Rose Tree as a woman, beautiful and tender, but able to wound deeply as well. Some choose this flower when declaring love. Several poems and songs exist, likening pretty girls to the tree, but also warning of their vanity.



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Voted Ancient Gamer
November 8, 2005, 20:13
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I like it. The short symbolic tale was cute and earned you a .5 bonus point.
Voted MoonHunter
November 9, 2005, 0:12
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I like the tree. It has good. It has bad. It has a cultural impact.
Voted Zylithan
November 20, 2005, 18:28
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A fun addition to any world.
Voted Cheka Man
May 5, 2006, 20:37
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It helps the world's culture so three points +1 for that.
Voted valadaar
March 12, 2007, 21:32
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Not bad.
manfred
March 13, 2007, 8:20
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Now, in this particular case I need to ask what you want to know more about.

Although this one is really short, it seems to have all the necessities, and is easy to expand in any direction desired. For sure I could write down a poem or song featuring the Rose Tree... but really, that is not my strong side. :)

So, let me know what is missing.
valadaar
March 13, 2007, 11:16
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You're right - I really can't say what needs added, so I'll strike that from the record :)

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