L’orchidée du puceron, Sickleleaf Orchid|
Fields, Farms and Vineyards|
Renowned by farmers and herbalists alike, the Fly Orchid is a delicate and initially unassuming plant found primarily in the vineyards of Ithania and [[Daen]. What was once a common flower during the times before the Cataclysm has since evolved a carnivorous appetite, enabling the plant to trap and digest small insects in its nectar. The Fly Orchid releases a sweet, intoxicating scent to attract insects towards its center and away from other plants, after which the bug gets trapped within the flower’s toxic juices. The plant has also been found to create an effective insect killer when the nectar is extracted.
Fly Orchids have long been part of Ithanian history, dating back all the way to the Dewamenet Empire. During this period of time and for a century afterward, the Fly Orchid was only a minor flower with no uses beyond decorating flower beds with it’s emerald petals. It is unknown if the flora’s evolution was as a result of Void Essences during the Cataclysm, or if it was bred with local thistles to develop a new strain, but with the rise of the Ithanian people from former slaves it was discovered that the plant was carnivorous. Where patches of Fly Orchid’s grew, wild edibles such as berries and dandelion leaves thrived--even in areas of high disease. The Fly Orchid exploded in popularity among the working class, who planned their crops around the plant, while the upper classes distributed it around their homes to keep them clear of biting insects. The practice was quickly carried south to Teled Methen by slavers and traders alike. The Fly Orchid is still used for this purpose to this day, naturally providing coverage and protection from minor annoyances such as flies and beetles. However as of recent, it has become more commonly used in it’s processed form as a liquid spray, which has the ability to kill insects on contact.
The Fly Orchid usually grows to a height between a half foot to a foot with an elegant green stem leading to a collection of frail, star-shaped flowers. The petals are a deep mossy-green shade, fanning out in a specific five-pronged pattern. Protruding from within the flower itself are three pale filaments, each complete with a wispy golden anther which help to disperse the plant’s scent. Deeper into the flower exists it’s sweet sticky nectar, which attracts and traps the bugs. Those that get caught in it are digested over time, the flower closing over the course of this three to four hour process. The nectar is also known to drip down in light amounts to the flower’s petals.
Uses and Abilities
The flower naturally provides protection to crops from insects and other pests thanks to its sticky nectar within. This substance can also be made into a fairly crude but effective bug poison, often simply called “Fly-Killer” by non-Ithanians. By mixing Vocadine with pulped fly orchids, the produced watery substance will have a tart smell and the ability to poison, then swiftly kill most insects. It is most often carried by travelers to humid continents or uninhabited areas, who keep a bottle on their pouch to deter biting insects such as Hadar Wasp or Common Bloat Fly.
- The full Ithanian name for the bug poison made from Fly Orchids is “Liquide du Puceron pour tuer d’Insects”.
- While normal carnivorous plants usually capture insects using their leaves, the Fly Orchid is unique in doing so using its flowers. It can still survive without eating insects, though it will not be as healthy as those Fly Orchids that do eat.
HydraLana on 10/24/2021.|
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