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TREES AND FLORA

BRAK BRUSH

A shrub whose leaves have a purgative effect when chewed; traditionally, branches of it are nailed to house doors during
the Waiting Hand to discourage the entry of bad luck into the house for the New Year.

"Almost all doors, including that of the House of Cernus, had nailed to them some branches of the BRAK BUSH,
the leaves of which, when chewed, have a purgative effect. It is thought that the pitch and the branches of the
BRAK BUSH discourage the entry of bad luck into the houses of the citizens."
Pg. 211, Assassin of Gor.

CACAO TREES

Trees from which beans for chocolate and cocoa are taken.
"Do the trees grow near here?" I asked. "No, Mistress," she said. We obtain the beans, from which the
chocolate is made, from Cosian merchants, who in turn, obtain them from the tropics.
Pg. 61, Kajira of Gor.

CARPET PLANT

A plant of the rainforest area inland of Schendi, having tendrils that are sometimes used as a source
of drinking water.
"I returned to the girl and, carefully, wshed out the wound. She winced. I then cut some leaves and wrapped
them about it. I tied shut this simple bandage with the tendrils of a CARPET PLANT."
Pg. 347, Explorers of Gor.

DINA

A small, short-stemmed flower indigenous to hillsides; sometimes called the 'slave flower', it is often
used as a design for slave brands; sometimes used as a slave name. Similar in appearance to the Earthen
rose.
"That in the north the lovely DINA was spoken of as the "slave flower" did not escape the notice of the
expatriated Turians; the DINA a delicate, beautiful flower, it would no longer be used in the southern hemisphere..."
Pg. 62, Slave Girl of Gor.

FAN PALM

Found in the jungles of Schendi it grows more than 20 feet high. It has large fan-shaped leaves which
are at times can hold a lot of rainwater.
"Have no fear," I said. "Your value on the sales block has not been reduced." "Thank you, Master," she
said. I then rose to my feet and walked a few yards away, to a FAN PALM.
Pg. 347, Explorers of Gor

FLAHDAH

A tree of the Tahari having lanceolate leaves. The trunk leans like that of a palm tree.
"About some of these water holes there were a dozen or so small trees, FLAHDAH TREES, like falt-topped
umbrellas on crooked sticks, not more then twenty feet high; they are narrow branched, with
lanceolate leaves."
Pg. 72, Tribesmen of Gor.

FLAMINIUM

A plant with large scarlet flower having 5 petals.
"There was a shallow bowl of flowers, scarlet, large-budded, five-petaled FLAMINIUMS, on the small, low
table between us."
Pg. 154, Hunters of Gor.

FLOWER TREE

A tree which has dangling loops of beautiful woven blossoms which hang from curved branches. These
trees are are specially grown so that the flowers form delicate patterns of shades and hues.
"I could see, here and there on the inside, the tops of graceful FLOWER TREES."
Pg. 215, Nomads of Gor.

HOGARTHE TREE

Named after an early explorer of Gor, these trees grow on the banks of streams and rivers. Similar to
the poplar trees of Earth.
"They were HOGARTHE TREES, named for Hogarthe, one of the early explorers in the area of the Barrens.
They are not uncommon in the vicinity of water in the Barrens, usually growing along the banks of small
streams of muddy, sluggish rivers. Their shape is very reminiscent of poplar trees on Earth, to which,
perhaps, in virtue of seeds, brought to the Counter-Earth, they may be related."
Pg. 300, Blood Brothers of Gor.

KA-LA-NA TREE

A tree with very strong yellow wood, used for making bows; the fruit of the ka-la-na is used to make ka-la-na wine.
"Over there," I said, "are some KA-LA-NA TREES. Wait here and I'll gather some fruit."
Pg. 96, Tarnsman of Gor.

KANDA SHRUB

A shrub of the Gorean desert; a lethal poison can be extracted from its roots, while chewing the leaves
has an addictive narcotic.
"The roots of the KANDA plant, which grows largely in desert regions on Gor, are extremely toxic, but,
suprisingly, the rolled leaves of this plant, which are relatively innocuous, are formed into strings and
chewed or sucked, are much favored by many Goreans, particularly in the southern hemisphere, where
the leaf is more abundant."
Pg. 43, Nomads of Gor.

KES SHRUB

A shrub whose salty, blue secondary roots are a main ingredient in sullage.
"....and the salty, blue secondary roots of the KES SHRUB, a small deeply rooted plant which grows
best in sandy soil."
Pg. 45, Priest Kings of Gor.

LEECH PLANT

A hemovorous plant that fastens two hollow, fang-like thorns into its victim, through which it can suck the blood that nourishes it.
"The LEECH PLANT strikes like a cobra, and fastens two hollow thorns into its victim. The chemical
responses of the bladderlike pods produce a mechanical pumping action, and the blood is sucked
into the plant to nourish it."
Pg. 33, Outlaw of Gor.

LIANA VINE

A rainforest plant which can be used as a source of drinking water.
"Another useful source of water is the LIANA VINE. One makes the first cut high, over one's head, to
keep the water from being withdrawn by contraction and surface adhesion up the vine. The second
cut, made a foot or so from the ground, gives a vine tube, which, drained, yeilds in the neighborhood
of a liter of water."
Pg. 310, Explorers of Gor.

MARSH VINE

A plant that grows in the marshes whose tangled vines snake through the swamps.
"...and tangles of MARSH VINE."
Pg. 5, Raiders of Gor.

NEEDLE TREE

A tree of the Thentis region, whose oil is used in perfumes.
"...and the NEEDLE TREES, the evergreens, for masts and spars, and cabin and deck plankings."
Pg. 141, Raiders of Gor

PALM TREES

More than 1500 varieties of palm trees exist in the rainforest. One of these is the Fan Palm which is
more than 20 ft high, and spreads it leaves in the form of an opened fan. It is an excellent source of
pure water. As much as one liter of water can be found at the base of each leaf's stem.
"There is an incredible variety of trees in the rain forest, how many I cannot conjecture. There are,
however, more than fifteen hundred varieties and types of PALM alone. Some of these PALMS
have leaves which are twenty feet in length."
Pg. 310, Explorers of Gor.

RENCE

A tufted, reed-like plant that grows in the marshes used for making paper.
"A kind of paper is made from RENCE. The plant itself has a long, thick root, about four inches
thick, which lies horizontally under the surface of the water; small roots sink downward into
the mud from this main root, and several "stems," as many as a dozen, rise from it, often of a
length of fifteen to sixteen feet from the root; it has an excrescent, usually single floral spike."
Pg. 7, Raiders of Gor.

REP

A fiber plant similar to cotton.
"REP is a whitish fibrous matter found in the seed pods of a small, reddish, woody bush, commercially
grown in several areas, but particularly below Ar and above the equator; the cheap rep-cloth is
woven in mills, commonly, in various cities; it takes dyes well and, being cheap and strong, is popular,
particularly among the lower castes."
Pg. 10, Raiders of Gor.

RUSH AND SEDGE

Brush which lies in and along marshes and swamps, basically wild rence plants.
"In many places it is too shallow to float even the great flat-bottomed barges and, more importantly, a
path for them would have to be cut and chopped, foot by foot, through the thickets of RUSH AND
SEDGE, and the tangles of marsh vine."
Pg. 5, Raiders of Gor.

SA-TARNA

A grain, wheat yellow in color or brown, it is a staple of Gor.
"At the oasis will be grown a hybrid of brownish SA-TARNA, adapted to the heat of the desert; most
SA-TARNA is yellow;....."
Pg. 37, Tribesmen of Gor.

SIM PLANT

A rambling, tangled vine-like plant with huge, rolling leaves, raised in the pasture chambers of
the Nest.
"I did not know at the time but Gur is a product originally secreted by large, gray, domesticated,
hemispheric arthropods which are, in the morning, taken out to pasture where they feed on
special SIM PLANTS, extensive, rambling, tangled vine-like plants with huge, rolling leaves
raised under square energy lamps fixed in the ceilings of the broad pasture chambers, and
at night are returned to their stable cells where they are milked by Muls."
Pg. 214, Priest-Kings of Gor.

SIP ROOT

A bitter root whose extract is the active ingredient in slavewine.
"...the effect of the SIP ROOT, in most women is effective for three or four months. In the concentrated
state, as in slave wine, developed by the caste of Physicians, the effect is almost indefinate, usually
requiring a releaser for it remission, usually administered, to a slave, in what is called the breeding
wine, or the second wine".
Pg. 319, Blood Brothers of Gor.

SUL PLANT

A golden leaved vine from which golden suls grow.
"The principal ingredients of Sullage are the golden Sul, the starchy, golden-brown vine-borne fruit
of the golden-leaved SUL PLANT..."
Pg. 44, Priest-Kings of Gor.

TALENDAR

Delicate, yellow-petaled meadow flower, symbolic of feminine love and beauty; a crown of talendars is
often worn by a free woman during the Companionship ceremoney; worn in a slavegirl's hair, it is sign
that she cares for her Master.
"In the distance, perhaps some forty pasangs away, I saw a set of ridges, lofty and steep, rearing out
of a broad yellow meadow of TALENDARS, a delicate, yellow-petaled flower, often woven into
garlands by Gorean maidens."
Pg. 131, Outlaw of Gor.

TELEKINT

A plant of the Tahari; its roots, mashed & mixed with water, provide a red dye.
"The rep-cloth veil was red; it had been soaked in a primitive dye, mixed from water and the
mashed roots of the TELEKINT; when he perspired, it had run; his face was stained."
Pg. 83, Tribesmen of Gor.

TEM TREE

A tree which produces a black wood that is very strong.
"The lances are black, cut from the poles of young TEM TREES."
Pg. 15, Nomads of Gor.

TESLIK PLANT

A plant whose extract is the active ingredient in breeding wine.
"The active ingredient in the breeding wine, or the "second wine" is a derivative of TESLIK."
Pg. 320, Blood Brothers of Gor.

TOR TREE

A bright shrub or shrub of light, abundance of bright flowers, yellow or white, does not grow above
a man's waist.
"I, too, think it is a TOR SHRUB," I said. The shrub has various names but one of them is the
TOR SHRUB, which name might be fairly translated, I would think, as, say, the bright shrub, or
the shrub of light, it having that name, I suppose, because of its abundant, bright flowers, either
yellow or white, depending on the variety. It is a very lovely shrub in bloom. It was not in bloom
now, of course, as it flowers in the fall."
Pg. 339, Vagabonds of Gor.

TUR

A reddish tree having a large trunk.
"...I had heard, a TUR TREE was found on the prairie, near a spring, planted perhaps long before
by someone who passed by; it was from that TUR TREE that the city of Turia took its name; there
was also, at one side of the garden, against the far wall, a grove of tem-wood, linear, black, supple."

Pg. 217, Nomads of Gor.

VEMINIUM, DESERT

Small, purplish flower found in the Tahari; used in perfumes.
"The petals of veminium, the "DESERT VEMINIUM" purplish, as opposed to the "THENTIS VEMINIUM,"
bluish, which grows at the edge of the Tahari, gathered in shallow baskets and carried to a still, are
boiled in water."
Pg. 50, Tribesmen of Gor.

VEMINIUM, THENTIS

A small gorean flower, softly petaled, blue in color.
"The VEMINIUM is a small, lovely Gorean flower, softly petaled and blue."
Pg. 91, Rogue of Gor.

VERR GRASS

A brownish grass that grows, in the shaded spots of the Tahari
"On the shaded sides of some rocks, and the shaded slopes of hills there, grew stubborn, brownish
patches of VERR GRASS." Pg. 71-72, Tribesmen of Gor.

VIOLET GRASS

Patches of stalky grass, one of several hues used in pleasure gardens of Turia.
"He picked up a stalk of a patch of violet grass, one of several hues used in such gardens, and began to chew on it."
Pgs. 216-217, Nomads of Gor.