Kline

Klines have the characteristics of an aquatic type of plant, but instead of water they grow in lava lakes. They belong to the genus Firava, and are native to the Axysk lake and Knikis source. They live inside the lava lake, near the bottom of it, next to other Firava.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Klines are divided in two parts, the main body which is a long thick vine like stem with a row of spikes in one side, and the roots which the plant can bury in the lava lakes deeper than other firava plants. The main source of nutrients comes from attaching themselves to other plants using the spikes to extract them. If the plant hasn't found a vessel it would use its roots to extract nutrients from the lake floor, this can only be sustained for three months as the roots don't have the capacity to provide the plant for longer periods of time before succumbing to the lava.

At one end of the Kline, flowers grow. This is the reproductive organ of the plant and grows a single flower every 4 months which can live as long as the Kline is alive and attached to another Firava if it is not pollinated.

The spikes of the Kline are used for two things: to attach and to extract nutrients. They climbs their supports by hammering the spikes in the Firava's trunk after growing upwards a few centimetres. After hammering the spikes in the trunk, these same spikes grow until they find a vessel and suck the nutrients. The Kline does not need as much nutrients to survive as the vessels transport and this ensures that both plants are able to survive.

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Kline by Catoblepon
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Geographic Distribution

Symbiotic Relationships


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Zothis by Catoblepon

Zothis

The Zothis is a fish that live in the lava lakes. They help the Kline to reproduce, by taking its pollen to other flowers. They also use the flowers to feed their children before they can hunt and the spikes of dead Kline to make their nests.

Cirow

The Cirow is the prefered support of the Kline as they are one of the tallest trees in the lava lakes and usually grow near other Cirow. The Cirow gives the Kline minerals to survive while the Kline strong stem helps the Cirow to survive attacks from other animals.

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Cirow by Catoblepon

Reproduction

The Kline reproduces with its flower, there are male and female flowers. Animals (such as the Zothis) and currents move pollen from male flowers to the pistil in the female flowers. After the pollen enters the pistil, the flower creates a seed that (after growing for two weeks) floats away in the currents of the lake until it falls to the floor, where a new plant will grow if the conditions are adequate. The flower, after loosing the seed, looses its petals (which the Zothis will use for their nests) and soon after, the rest of the flower falls, leaving space to a future new flower.

Habitat

Kline live mostly in the Axysk lake and in the Knikis source, but recently, some specimens have appear in the Lake of Kugrum. It is still unknown how it has started appearing in this lake as there are not documents of lava rivers connecting this lake with the other two lakes in Branul.

Uses and recolection

Being a plant that lives in lava, one could expect to never see it if you do not live in lava as well. But this plant, when it dies, tends to float up and usually end up in the coasts of the lava lakes; this allows to be recolected by intelligent species. During the third month, its when dead kline are more common to find.

After lot of trial and error, in Dhalgron, researchers have found that the kline is a great natural medicine to burn wounds and the spikes can function as a syringe. The inside of the stem of the kline, when covering a burn wound, speeds the scarring process and calms the pain. The spikes, being hollow, are great syringes and are used mostly for injecting medicines in the veins of a person and to make tattoos.

As people need to wait for the plant to die and then float to the coast, this plant and its products is pretty expansive to buy or find in Uchres, Sheoka and recently in Celasia Empire. Outside these three countries, its almost impossible to find any product unless you export it from the countries paying a really high price.


Cover image: by Vertixico

Comments

Author's Notes

All art unless specified otherwise is done by me. And thanks to Evan Arix Carbajal for his help.


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10 Apr, 2021 19:22

Very interesting concept and plant. Plants growing near lava is not something that you see very often :p I wonder though how it manages to survive that long? What are the plants made of or is there some sort of magic involved?   Do the Cirow and Firava tree also grow in lava as the Kline want to stick to them? If so perhaps a small tooltip would be nice for them as the link to the Firava plant is not accessible.   I noticed a small mistake: 'During the third month, its when dead kline are more common to find.' I think it would be better to say 'During the third month Kline dead kline are more common to find' In all nice article ! :)

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10 Apr, 2021 20:37

Thanks for the comment! I will correct the mistake, I like more how you expressed it! The kline itself as well as the cirow and firava (firava are the family of plants that live in lava) live in lava and their biological structure is different from ours, which allows them to live in such high temperatures! I didn't comment on the article as I usually don't like to talk so "scientifically" in my articles.

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10 Apr, 2021 19:39

Awesome article! I loved reading about the relationship this plant has to other beings. A plant that lives in lava is quite an interesting concept

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10 Apr, 2021 20:41

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! And I love to add stuff in lava dunno why tho XD

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10 Apr, 2021 20:51

I love that the fish build nests out of the dead plants and feed the pollen to their babies!!! <3 <3 That's such a cool detail. I love the art, too. :)

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10 Apr, 2021 21:10

Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!

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10 Apr, 2021 21:12

They grow in volcano? This is so very cool! XD   And that's very nice drawing that you have! Those are cute little fish :D   " If the plant hasn't found a vessel it would use its roots to extract nutrients from the lake floor, this can only be sustained for three months as the roots don't have the capacity to provide the plant for longer periods of time before succumbing to the lava." So the other plant is also growing in the lava? – oh I see that you have a whole ecosystem in the lava with fish and everything! This is very cool XD Though maybe something to add in the introduction?   Do the plants live above or below the surface of the lake? – oh you also answer that at the end. Yes I think you should do a sentence or two at the beginning about lava lake to explain what they are.   How do people harvest the plant and needles? They just wait for it to float to the surface and move to the coast of the lake or do they have some king of boat that can go in the lake? How abundant is the plant in the lake? Because with only those way to harvest it, the people must not be able to collect a lot of it and that would makes the needles and medicine rather expensive, wouldn’t it?   Great article! I love the plant XD

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10 Apr, 2021 21:13

oh and I forgot to say that you have a "minerals to survive" stuck in the sidebar where it shouldn't be.

10 Apr, 2021 21:39

They grow in lava lakes, not in volcanos, which in my world you can find as easy as a water lake on the surface :D Glad you liked my drawings! I'm not used to draw other things than maps so I'm glad that people liked them. Yes! I do have whole ecosystems under the lava lakes! I actually have an article about the one in Axysk lake (https://www.worldanvil.com/w/iphars-catoblepon/a/axysk-forest-location if you are interested). I always struggle with introductions but yes, it seems to be worth mention it in the introduction the ecosystem and iwhere exactly they live in the lava lake. People just wait for them to float to the coast so its a pretty expensive and rare plant to get. I'll see if i can expand that section a bit! Thanks for remember me the siderbar tooltip, I was testing things and forgot to take it away. Thanks for your comment <3

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10 Apr, 2021 21:39

The ecosystem article needs a bit of rework tho

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11 Apr, 2021 00:03

Well done cato and congrats on finishing! I love it. Lava plants! I especially like that you include their relationships to other species. I find it rather fitting that they can be used for burn wounds. Awesome touch there.

11 Apr, 2021 11:31

Thank you, glad you liked it :D

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11 Apr, 2021 09:58

Really peculiar indeed! I liked very much that you take a lot of care describing the ecosystem where the plant lives! Are you planning to explain the reason why it doesn't burn to ashes?

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11 Apr, 2021 11:34

My main idea for why they don't burn is that their biological structure isn't like ours so it's made different and specifically to live in high temperatures. I don't want to add it to the article cuz i don't want to make my articles too scientifically and cuz I barely know what I'm talking about when I'm talking about science XD

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11 Apr, 2021 12:53

Fair enough! I was only curious... Besides, in fantasy articles saying that is ***Magic*** it's always a valid option :)

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11 Apr, 2021 21:30

When I read this article i thought: "Wow this plants live in lava, that is so badass!!" I liked how you added information about how the plants interacts with other living beings! great article and great pics!

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11 Apr, 2021 22:51

Thank you! Glad you liked the article and the drawings :D

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12 Apr, 2021 12:49

Lava plant and lava fish??? This article has it all!! I really like the uses you came up with for the plant, especially that the thorns can be used as syringes.

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12 Apr, 2021 16:36

Thank you! Glad you liked it!

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14 Apr, 2021 10:30

Great article Cato! Love the art and the fish and the uses of the plant. We need more lava plants! <3

14 Apr, 2021 19:13

Thank you! And yes I agree, we need more lava plants and lava animals :D

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15 Apr, 2021 15:54

Hey Catoblepon!   Your article layout is fantastic! I like how you've symbiotically tied the plant to both another plant and a fish, and your art pieces. I assume you've intentionally designed your colour palette to be red-dominant based on the plant's habitat (which is a nice touch) but I wonder how that affects readability for people with some form of colour blindness. Just a thought. Keep up the great work!

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15 Apr, 2021 16:31

Glad you liked it! And about the colour blindness... I haven't thought too much (tho I'm pretty sure I did look at least a bit when I was making the CSS theme) and while I never got told of anyone that had problems with the colour scheme it is something that I should look at, and I'll do as soon as I have some time, thanks for the tought! :D

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15 Apr, 2021 18:26

If it isn't broken, don't fix it but you're welcome! Have a great day!

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16 Apr, 2021 20:34

I like the sound of this plant, and your article styling is real nice too!

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16 Apr, 2021 21:02

Thank you! Glad you liked it :D

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