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September 2, 2007, 1:34 am

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Treller Vine


Treller Vines are impressive enough in the jungle, where they wind along trees adding a riot of color. Then they moved to a new neighborhood.

The Treller Vine is originally a tropical plant, a somewhat symbiotic/ parasitic vine the infests trees, related to the air fern species. It is a long green vine, with small spadish leaves, and small white flowers in the spring. The vines string along the surface, wrapping around branches or moving along walls or trees.  It will also put out thin runners that cascade down with gravity which are used for food production.

In the Jungle, Treller Vine lives on trees, creating another layer of green around the bark of the tree. The Vine uses the bark and outer softer wood layers as its’ "soil". It coils around the tree and creates a green fringe. The vine is slightly sticky, trapping bugs and bits of food material that are absorbed by certain sections of the vines. That material is added to the blown dirt and decomposing litter to make a paste like soil on the tree (which serves as home to many jungle insects)

In the beginng the vine strengthens the soft woods of the jungle trees. The lattice of roots adds support. Eventually the vine infests too many levels, adds too much weight, and the wood is weakened and the tree collapses.

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Somehow, some Treller Vine spores found there way to more temporate regions.  The local trees were harder wood and more resistant to the Treller Vine. (Trellers will infest the temporate trees, but not very successfully.) However, Life found a way. 

The spores found bits of mold and soil in the higher spots of houses and castles. It dug into those areas and has thrived.  Given the drier environment here, its has more dust and dirt to create it own soil.  The wild flowers here (and a few insects) have taken to growing in this new nitch created by the Treller Vines. In no where can this be better seen than in Calanderas, as seen in the City Image - Calanderas submission.

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Voted manfred
November 9, 2005, 11:34
Now, this is a more building-friendly weed, that can happily survive for long periods without significantly damaging its carrier. People could even grow them on their houses for the colours.

Neat and very life-like.
Voted Zylithan
November 22, 2005, 11:28
I like how you detail the ecology of this plant, and how your discuss a migrated variant. Both of those things add color and uniqueness.
Voted CrimsonShadow
December 2, 2005, 16:13
I like this concept a lot. Plenty of room to build onto the ecology of the plant and the demonstration of its migration is great!
Voted KendraHeart
December 9, 2005, 14:33
Adding this to the city, makes it perfect
Voted mimic12455
December 20, 2011, 13:50

I think it's a good start, but I feel it could be improved. Perhaps making wooden shields that would take advantaged of the plant's properties.

December 21, 2011, 15:52

Mimic, you would want a shield with flowers growing on it?  The first hit and it would all scrape off the wood (maybe to regrow). 

These are a color piece, with no game purpose, other than adding interesting flowers in odd places and give an explanation to

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City Image - Calanderas By: MoonHunter

without cluttering that submission and breaking the city image rules.

Voted valadaar
May 14, 2013, 10:33
Reminds me of Virginia Creepers

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