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Crops and Flora

Post by Wolfstorm on Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:05 pm

Tato: Tatos are a hybrid of a potato and a tomato, the outer skin is very similar to a tomato, however the inside is brown. Able to grow very close to other plants, apparently tastes disgusting, but it is edible and is used in some stews, soups and can be used along side some other crops to produce vegetable starch.

Corn: Corn hasn't mutated as much as other plants have, the most commonly planted type appears to be related in some form to Indian corn. One of the ingredients needed to make vegetable starch, also is one of the main crops planted in the Midwest.

Mutfruit: Mutated fruit that grow on small trees, the exact plant mutated from is unknown. Due to them being mutated they are naturally radioactive and give off small levels of radiation if ingested.

Razorgrain: A mutated grain that is on the path to being the wasteland replacement for wheat. As with most crops razorgrain gives off small amounts of radiation when ingested.

Tarberry: Mutated berries similar to cranberries that are water grown, only able to be grown on water. However due to the large amounts of water in the region it is only uncommon and not rare. One of the ingredients in the berry version of the chem mentats, also used in the production of lock joint syringes for a syringer.

Pumpkin: Due to the mutations pumpkins are rarely planted as crops, the vines have grown larger and have become "alive" attacking anything trying to get near the pumpkin. Can range in color from deep yellow to orange, however they can also be white or dark green, some groups have found ways around the vines to be able to effectively grow pumpkins.

Apple: Grown on trees, thus most farmers of apples make large groves called orchards to effectively take advantage of the small number per tree. Colors are usually red, yellow, green or a mixture of color, somehow remained relatively unmutated, with the only indications being the inherent radiation and some having bumps across the outer surface.

Thornbean: Mutated soybeans that are not only radioactive, the stem now is covered in small thorns to keep the plant safe. One of the more common crops in the region, this is due to the high amounts that were in the region pre war.

Wild rice: Another water grown crop, one of the two grains farmed with razorgrain being the only other one. Due to the amount of lakes and rivers, the grain is farmed more in this region than others, can only grow in water that has little or no radiation and in the wild is commonly found near bloodleaf.
Wild crops:
Wild corn: The wild version of corn, the leaves are slightly darker purple than domestic corn.

Wild tarberry: Much more durable than domestic tarberries, can survive in both fresh and saltwater, also can survive in highly irradiated waters.

Silt bean: Mutated from green beans, the pods containing the beans are red and from a distance can appear to be a flower. Hasn't been made into a crop due to the fact that they for some reason always die in soil that's been cultivated.

Wild mutfruit: Darker in color than the domestic variety, also are toxic if combined with some crops or food and thus isn't mixed often.

Wild razorgrain: Almost identical to domestic razorgrain, commonly used by tribals as herbs and in herbal recipes. Differs slightly from domestic on the genetic level, so it looks almost identical, when it is really quite different.

Blueberry: Mature much faster than most plants and have ripe fruit generally by mid summer, goes through a few colors before fully mature. green when immature, then green pink, blue pink and when ripe it becomes blue. Commonly used in the making of jams and jellies, some have made wine from the flesh and skin of the berry.
Trees: Long lived plants that are far more common in the northern parts of the region, this doesn't mean there are no trees in the southern parts, just less common. The subtypes and species are numerous and it is highly likely some species died out or mutated into new species, dead trees also dot the wasteland. Some creatures use holes or the branches of trees as homes, some species of tree have fruit or nuts growing on them.

Bushes: Plants that are very similar to trees, however they are shorter and have multiple stems. As with trees many have flowers or fruit growing on them, don't live as long as trees do, but they do live long.

Vines: Long stems that grow towards the sky to more easily get light from the sun. Mostly flowering, commonly found growing on abandoned buildings or on trees.  

Crop flowers: Most crops have flowers that grow on the vines or near them, this includes carrots, tatos, apples etc. However some plants such as wild rice and razorgrain don't have flowers, this is most likely due to them being grass species.

Glowing fungus: A fairly common and radioactive mushroom, used to make some herbal remedies and homemade variations of radaway and antibiotics. Glow in the dark and are usually found in humid, radioactive locations or near irradiated water.

Cave fungus: Found exclusively in caves, actually is naturally resistant to radiation and can reduce radiation levels if enough are eaten. A mutated varient exists, however this variant is radioactive and doesn't have the radiation resistance

Brain fungus: A brain like mushroom that is poisonous if eaten raw, was at one point more poisonous, however radiation somehow reduced the toxicity. If eaten raw it can lead to many symptoms and in some cases even kill the ingester.

Morel mushrooms: A type of mushroom commonly found in the midwest, some toxic variations exist and are very difficult to identify.

Hubflower: Mutant flower that is one of the ingredients used in the production of the chems psycho and grape mentats.

Mutated fern flower: Found growing on mutated ferns, some claim they are able to be used in the production of many chems, but no evidence currently supports this.

Thistle: Mutated thistle plants, became much more dangerous, now they'll explode producing a cloud of highly radioactive dust.

Bloodleaf: Short flower that grows near water sources, leaves are edible, however they, as most plants are, are irradiated. Can only grow in water that has little or no radiation, grow close together and is often alongside wild rice and sometimes wild tarberry.

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