The Level 1 challenge is a flora challenge which provides a chance to learn more of the secrets of the flora (plants) of Pandora. While this moon of the gas giant planet Polyphemus is toxic to humans, it is fertile for the growing of a large variety of flora with interesting healing powers and uses.
Objective: Find at least 15 different varieties of Flora on Pegase plus the “Moon Bloom” plant which has a color that varies through a special interaction with the plant’s bio luminescence and the Moon’s alignment. Take photos of yourself with each of the plants to show that you found them. Knowing where to find these is extremely important to your path as a Hawpanyu. This challenge may take you around 14 days to complete but no rush. It’s up to you.
Click on a with a plant specifications of a certain plants growing in Pandora Forest (Pegase). You will have to find and identify at least these 15 of these plants on Pandora. After this lesson you will receive your first Healer BAND. When you have found a plant, stand in front of it and take a snapshot. You may wish to team up and this is fine. Be aware that the whole plant can be seen, at least the most of it, use your cam to do it. Please rename your pic (the file) with number of note card , name of plant, and your name (Example: Floral Challenge all plants Libertybelle Lyric). ORRRRRR even better upload them yo your own flicker and link to here. Send me the link 🙂
Thanks to many who shared the knowledge.
- Txampay Pongu Clan: Utral’ Lor, Athena Nuyasaka and Sybil Amulet
- Omatikaya clan: Ma’ri, (MarieClaire Merlin) Marcus Pinelli, Quickpaw Sillanpaa, Stacey Westminster,
- Searching the Internet for these plants may confuse you as they don’t all look like what you will find on the wiki because some are adapted to the plants on Pandora sims.
- The names are from official sources, but they don’t have to look alike. Read only the description from your note card.
- Ignore the name of the prim as they may not be relevant. The creators have given them their own names.
Descriptions of the Flora:
Tree of Souls
(Na’vi name: Vitraya Ramunong)
The Tree of Souls (Na’vi Name: Vitraya Ramunong) is a giant willow-like tree, with white hanging branches, that is said to be the closest connection to Eywa on all of Pandora.
The Tree of Souls is located on the ground of Pandora, amidst the floating Hallelujah Mountains, not far from Hometree. After the destruction of Hometree, the Na’vi tribe was forced to make an exodus there on foot to protect their cultural identity. The tree sits in a basin roughly 60 meters in diameter, shielded by an unusual formation of rock arches that give the impression of a shell encasing it, increasing its sense of security and protection. The tree is difficult to find due to its location right at the heart of Pandora’s natural Flux Vortex, caused by strong magnetic and gravitational forces from the floating mountains and the large Unobtanium deposit located beneath the formation. The Tree of Souls, besides being a very close connection to Eywa, also works as a way for Eywa to directly interact with the world through the seeds of the tree. The tree has the capability to connect directly to the nervous system of all living things, and is not limited to the queue that Pandoran wildlife possesses.
When Grace Augustine was injured, Jake Sully brought her to the Na’vi and they attempted to save her by using the Tree of Souls to connect toGrace’s nervous system and permanently transfer her mind to her Avatar body. Although Grace was too weak to make the transfer, instead she became one with Eywa. At the end of the film Jake successfully transfers his mind into his Avatar, making it his true body forever.
A Woodsprites (Na’vi name: Atokirina’) is a seed of the Tree of Souls that lives on Pandora. These seeds, according to the Na’vi, are considered very pure and sacred spirits. Furthermore, these seeds are believed to be auspicious wherever or on whomever they choose to rest. They are similar in appearance to small deep-sea jellyfish, but they float on the wind like dandelion seeds, possibly aided in this by the denser atmosphere on Pandora. Woodsprites also hold ritual importance. The Na’vi places one of these seeds with the body of a deceased Na’vi, so the Na’vi’s consciousness will become part of Eywa.
Strangely, despite the Woodsprite’s omnipresence, no other Trees of Souls appear in the movie. This may imply that the seeds are actually infertile or serve another purpose besides reproduction. This would make the Tree of Souls a truly unique entity, since its seeds could not be used to germinate another one in the scenario that original tree was destroyed or damaged.
Tree of Voices
(Na’vi name: Utral Aymokriyä)
The Tree of Voices (Na’vi name: Utral Aymokriyä) is an important spiritual site to the local Na’vi, so named because the ‘voices’ of ancestors could be ‘heard’ there through nerve contact with the tree.
It’s a willow-like tree, similar in appearance to the Tree of Souls but smaller and has purple colored bioluminescent foliage looking like strings. Two small groves can be found in Pandora.
It was where Jake and Neytiri chose each other as mates. It was bulldozed when the RDA cleared a path to Hometree in preparation for mining the rich Unobtanium deposit there.
Baja Tickler or”poison-squirting plant”
(Na’vi name: Txumsa’wll)
Medium sized plant with inclined, flask-shaped mauve-colored body held up by underground prop roots.
Cluster of stiff spiny leaves protect the top and glow in yellow Bioluminescence color. Atmospheric toxins are absorbed by the plant and dissolve into liquid that accumulates inside.
The Baja Tickler resembles no plant growth form on Earth and is unique on Pandora. A cluster of large spiny leaves adorn the top, and the large roots extend out from the underside of the stem, growing into the soil and helping to anchor and prop up the plant, but are not seen.
The Baja Tickler is one of the most important plants on Pandora. It is also one of the most dangerous. It plays an important role on the moon by helping to detoxify the atmosphere. Toxic gases (mostly volcanic in origin) are absorbed into the plant body, where they dissolve into a pool of watery liquid that accumulates inside. This primeval ‘soup’ periodically builds up pressure and temperature and is squirted explosively in a toxic plume from the top of the plant. The Na’vi recognize both the value and potential danger of the plant and mainly avoid it. The Na’vi name for it is Txumtsa’wll, or “poison-squirting plant”.
Chalice Plant or “Animal Eater”
(Na’vi name: Yomioang)
Height: grows 5 to 6 feet above ground.
Its single large leaf is modified into a large pitcher-shaped tube that is supported by small prop roots at the base.
They grow in a cluster of three with a blue spotted fruit growing in the middle. The plant has only a small root system and obtains most of its nutrition from digesting
small animals rather than from absorption from the soil.
Animals are attracted to nectar and crawl into the tubular plant, where they are unable to exit due to stiff, downward-pointing hairs inside. There they drown in water that collects in the pitcher, and digestive enzymes break down the animal’s tissues for absorption by the plant.
Helicoradian or “Beautiful Spiral”
(Na’vi name: Loreyu)
The Helicoradian is a zooplantae (part animal, part plant), possessing a single leaf that responds to touch by coiling up and retracting to the ground. Its neuromuscular system makes it difficult for xenobiologists to classify. Helicoradia grow in clusters and its bright orange color can be seen from a far distance.
The Helicoradian is a type of “sensitive zooplantae” that responds to touch by coiling up so that the single large leaf is no longer exposed to any herbivores that would eat it. Because it grows in clusters, the touch response, or thigmonasty, by one Helicoradian often triggers the same response in others growing nearby so that the entire population recoils, one plant after another. This retraction is both defensive and an effective feeding mechanism to trap insects and small animals. Unseen contractile roots belowground aid in the retraction of each folded plant quickly into the ground. The reaction is so swift that it appears that the helicoradian are being sucked into the ground.
The Na’vi use leaves of the Helicoradian to make ornate ceremonial robes and other garments, tents and sacks. Orange pigments in leaves can be extracted and used for paint. The Na’vi are able to wander among the helicoradian without triggering this defense response, but are warned of the presence of danger when the helicoradian start to retract.
Dapophet or “Water Plant”
(Na’vi name: Pay’ewll)
Taxonomy: Aleparilus succulentus name means “aloe-like” and “fleshy”
The Dapophet is an unusual plant that stores water in its tissues. The leaves to the top of the plant have a gelatinous substance inside that has healing properties when applied to skin. The Na’vi use it to soothe skin that has been burned as well as to speed healing of cuts and other injuries. The leaves can be ground up and ingested to sooth upset stomachs and cure other intestinal ailments.
The fleshy, succulent leaves that grow along the stem are water-filled and very popular with the Na’vi as a portable hydration system. They will pull off the leaves and carry them along to suck on for water. When a leaf is pulled off, a new one grows in its place. The leaves must be harvest carefully, however, because the top leaves occasionally eject spines in the direction of the stem when too many water-filled leaves are removed.
(Na’vi name: Eyaye)
The Warbonnet is a large, herbaceous, fern-like plant with colorful iridescent blue leaves. It is widely found on Pandora. The fan-like leaves rise on long slender stalks.
The Warbonnet fern was aptly named for the use as head wear during times of both war and peace. The similarity to Native American head wear made from feathers is obvious, as Pandoran colonists have noted.
The hard seeds are gathered and soaked in The Pure to soften them then boiled to create a wonderful nutty tasting tissane that when drunk produces a euphoric effect. It is used to help heal the heart and soul of the people after times of war or during changes of life.
The most striking feature of the Warbonnet fern is the iridescent blue and greens of the leaves, which contain abundant anthocyanin pigments. These pigments are light-reactive chemicals that reflect blue light and that give color to blue and purple flowers and fruit. The Warbonnet fern has evolved a close relationship with a particular species of forest bird, which is also a pale iridescent blue color and well camouflaged against the leaves of the plant. These birds feed on insects that are attracted to the blue leaves, which have red lines radiating out from the center of the plant. Insects accumulate on the enlarged central apex or meristem, from which the leaves grow, and the small birds swoop in to feed.
Octoshroom or “Great Leonopteryx Fungus”
(Na’vi name: Torukspxam)
Taxonomy: Fungimonium giganteum
Height: up to 6 meters
Spread: bell to 3 meters
Octoshrooms are large mushroom-like organisms that live on Pandora. They are bioluminescent and extremely toxic. These fungi possess a giant underground filament network that enable them to feed. It resembles a giant purple mushroom with pink glowing central spot on the cap, that grows as large as any plants on Pandora.
Most of the body lives underground as the mycelia network. To reproduce, octoshrooms release spores that germinate and grow filaments wherever they land.
Some mycelia penetrate plant roots to absorb carbohydrates while providing the body with a greater supply of mineral nutrients. Octoshrooms are able to absorb and break down nearly everything in the soil such as chlorine, ammonia, and methane.
The Na’vi use the octoshroom’s roots to make a tea. It is a powerful anti-venom effective against the sting of many venomous animals. Too much tea, however, has been proven toxic and sometimes lethal.
Well-being or Healing Herb
(Na’vi name: Fpom)
Dark bluish green bioluminescent feathery leafed branches, this large shrub is one of the most important tools in a Hawpanyu’s pouch.
The Na’vi Peace herb is a strengthening herb that has antibiotic properties and boosts the immune system. It contains 28 saponins in its roots. Hawpanyus believe it is the Herb of Immortality and use it with great care.
Banana Fruit Tree or “Push Fruit”
(Na’vi name: Utu mauti)
The Banana Fruit is fruit used as food source by Na’vi. The tree is very high with a spiral stem, the dark move leaves cover the green unripe fruit. When it’s ripe, the fruit has a mauve color like the leaves of the tree.
This species grows high in the canopy and, by virtue of its inaccessibility, is considered to be a more special treat. It is considered very lucky to find this species uneaten on the ground, and many Na’vi will wait until they are back at Hometree to show it to others before eating. It is considered good manners to offer the find to a friend or loved one. It is also customary to refuse such an offer while insisting that Eywa meant for the fruit to be enjoyed by the finder. A common joke is to pretend to accept the offered utu mauti, and begin to take a bite before then declining and giving it back to the lucky “finder.” Everyone laughs at this pretend social transgression, because to accept the gift would be extremely rude. IN some young male circles, a would-be recipient pretends to start to eat the fruit, and the finder must wrestle it back in a good natured “fight.” On occasion, the fruit is squashed in the process and no one gets it, negating any purported “luck.” This is uproarious to Na’vi adolescents.
Very succulent, juicy fruit that melts in the mouth. Excellent source of vitamins and often used to calm upset stomachs. When applied to an exterior burn, the cooling liquid takes the burn away instantly. The inner flesh of the stem is often applied to wounds to stop bleeding and help seal the skin together.
Warriors carry small pieces with them to apply to profusely bleeding wounds while still in battle.
Flora # 11
Episoth- Pxoma or “exploding seed”
(Na’vi name: Croquembouche columnare)
Height 7.5 to 9 meters
The Episoth is a tree with a highly evolved dispersal mechanism to spread its seeds near and far. The large spiny fruits grow all along the single stalks. When they are ripe they open explosively, flinging seeds in all directions. The seeds are covered in a mucilaginous substance and the seeds adhere to whatever they contact, such as other trees, animals, or Na’vi, the acidic mucilage begins to dissolve the surface layer. This creates a more suitable surface for the seeds to stick and begin germination.
The Na’vi gather the seeds and collect the mucilage o use as a skin rejuvenation treatment. The seeds are also delicious and a high- protein food source.
Flora # 12
Phylum Echinodermata Asteroidea or “Sea Star”
(Na’vi name: Txampay Tanhi)
Easily recognized marine invertebrate with five slender arms reaching from a central disk. Bright gold in color edged in blood red. Dried and ground in to a fine powder it is said to be like an aphrodisiac … young Na’vi maidens can use to entice the mate of their choice. Can be mixed in to a paste and applied to the skin as a healing salve, wounds heal quickly with minimal scarring. Will also give skin a beautiful glow.
Flora # 13
(Na’vi name: Txll’u)
Taxonomy: Flaska ascendens, root meaning “flask” and “going up.”
The Hookagourd tree carries yellow/brown gourd-like fruits on his branches .. the dark shiny trunk is very solid at the bottom. It is a carnivorous tree that traps and digests birds and small animals to obtain nutrients, which are needed since it has only a small root system. Each branch has a fruit at the end with a strong fragrance and abundant nectar that attracts the unsuspecting prey.
The gourds are carved out and used by the people to store food and other perishable items.
The leaves are used on ceremonial fires and emit an intoxicating scent that lures anyone near into a trance. The Hawpanyu use the leaves when performing Dream Hunt ceremonies and other Hawpanyu rites of passages that require the participant to enter into a dreamlike state.
Flora # 14
Panopyra or “sky cap” and nicknamed “love flower” by Terran scientists
(Na’vi name: Tawtsngal)
Taxonomy: Panopyra aerii, named for resemblance to musical instrument and for growth habit “in the air”
The plant grows only at one special place in pandora, high up in the mountain village you find this lovely plant. The bright pink blossom is covered by wooden branches. The branches grow about 3 to 4 m high and turn spirally round the lovely blosson as to protect her.
The Na’vi collect the liquid that catches in the body and use it for a nutritious and healing drink. The flexible stems are used for making nets, traps, and other woven items. The growing tips of the stems with their sensory cells are said to be an attractant and aphrodisiac and are often worn by young Na’vi who are looking for a mate.
Flora # 15
Razor Plant or “Sharp Plant”
(Na’vi name: Pxlut)
Height:Plant can grow taller than 5 meters
The pliable, sticky, hairlike undersides make them the best choice for banshee catchers.
The razor palm is one of the most useful plants on Pandora. Its fibrous leaves are woven into mats, baskets, and banners, as well as bridles and saddles for direhorses. However, the tough brown leaves are extremely sharp along their long edges and can cut skin easily. The sharp wood-like leaves making it dangerous to walk near the plant or harvest their leaves unless the air is very still. The plant has a wonderful blue blossom growing in the middle.
The narrow leaves of the razor palm allow wind to pass through easily, which results in loud whistling sounds as leaves whip around in the wind. The leaves of the razor palm are used by the Na’vi to make a special “singing cloth,” which is woven with this spaces at certain intervals to create specific musical sounds. The cloth is used to make banners for ceremonial purposes as well as to quiet fussy Na’vi children.
Healers like to use the leaves of the razor-palm sometimes to stabilize fractures.
Flora # 16
Awaiei Bansheba Tetterstre
(Na’vi name: Awaiei)
Bansheba Tetterstre (Na’vi name Awaiei) is named for the wailing banshee of Irish lore (“Terrestre” means “of the earth”). It’s common name is Banshee of Paradise. It is a large, exotic-looking herb with a curved, tubular plant body, light green or violet spines, and tiny edible seeds, which are hardly seen. Wind blowing through the tubular body creates the eerie wailing sound for which it is named.
The banshee of paradise is one of the most dangerous plants on Pandora because it can eject poison-tipped spines in a targeted direction. It has the ability to sense infrared radiation, which is emitted from warm objects such as animal and people, and to rotate its tubular body to point toward the source of the IR. Large spines contain toxins in glands on the tips, which can be deadly in large concentrations. When the source of IR comes close to the plant, the spines eject their poisonous tips in the direction of the threat.
Good Luck and May Eywa be with you as you find these treasures that sustain us.
Once your challenge is complete, you will have earned the award of the Viltra Lu’Pxayor Flora Challenge. Viltra Lu’ Tsahik,
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