Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.

Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

Join us this week as we look at UNIQUE FLORA

Self-explanatory. If you know of a plant that is either not on earth, or doesn’t act the same way in fantasyland as it does on earth, then you can consider it unique. Have fun.

I’m sure there are lots of these in various books. I came up with these:

Athelas, from Tolkien, can heal in the hands of a true king. But most people aren’t true kings so it’s considered a weed by everyone except the elves. And the Ents are walking, talking plants.

Ambrosia from the Greek and Roman myths is the food (or drink depending on the source) of the gods. Truthfully, I don’t know if it’s a plant but I’ve always imagined it to be some sort of plant extract.

Pinocchio was carved from wood and a fairy brought him to life. He’s also seen in the Fables comics.

The Magic Grove in the Fables comics. Carvings made from this wood come to life.

The Plant Men from E. R. Burroughs’ Barsoom books. They’re very nasty creatures which attack, kill, and eat everyone else. They travel in packs. Barsoom also has plants called mantalia which gives off milk-like liquid which people can drink.

Magic beans in the Jack and the beanstalk. They are also seen in the Fables comics.

The Delvians are sentient plant people in Farscape TV series.

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