Rosa Marina

The rosa marina are a type of flower that has adapted to underwater life after the conflagration and presently represents a very expensive exotic good.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Rosa marina is a spontaneous plant typical of the shallow waters scattered across Saynué, often they can be found on rocky substrates on crater borders or banks at short distance from the sea surface so that sun-light can still provide sufficient energy for photosynthesis. The generally grow in large thorny shrubs that will provide the habitat for their pollinator, the Anomalocaris, alongside a large number of other fishes and crustacean. The flowers are very similar to the ones of terrestrial roses with exception of the colour, Rosa Marina are typically dark Blue or Purple, occasionaly with yellow reflexes due to the high content in sulphur of the water in the Saynué. The leaves are present along the stem alternating sides and are usually around ten centimeters in lenght, with pinnate margins.

Genetics and Reproduction

The flowers of Rosa Marina are hermaphrodites, the pollination is granted by the presence of a crustacean that lives and hunts within the shrubs of this plant, during its predatory activities it does cross pollinate different flowers.

Growth Rate & Stages

A shrub of this plant in appropriate conditions can cover a surface of about ten square meters. The plant is perennial but the flowers are annual, therefore the same plant can be harvested once every year.

Additional Information

Uses, Products & Exploitation

Ornamental uses

The more common use for Rosa Marina flowers is ornamental as after resection, their deep blue and purple tones makes them fairly different from any terrestrial rose. Furthermore, the dangers that harvesters have to face in order to collect flowers affects sensibly the cost and, for this reason, this flower is considered a status-symbol for noblesse and wealth. After resection, the flower can survive for only a short time, for this reason Hydromancers can cast spells on them to prolong their life, unfortunately this treatment is not cheap. A real Rosa Marina flower can cost several thousand gold pieces, especially when you move away from the southern coast. It is wise to observe very well the flower before buying it, because there are fake ones that are worth only a few coppers.


In Medicine

Dried petals on Rosa Marina, macerated in spring water, wine or oil can be used for various medical properties. Their fragrance is used as a perfume base and can help in the treatment of headaches and mood swings. The rose wine has been used to relief sore throats and as a tonic. Creams obtain from this flower can be used to treat skin rash, scalding and burns. The buds of the flower are rich in antioxidants, but their cost is excessive to be considered viable by most people. The fragrance of Rosa Marina water and wine can be used to hide poisons.


Gastronomy

In gastronomy, the flavour of Rosa Marina water has been associated to give a sweet touch to several gourmet dishes by the fancy cooks in Saythian. Furthermore, dried petal can be used in form of infusions and herbal teas for their antioxidant properties. The petals can be glazed in sugar or chocolate and used to create jams and jellies.

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Scientific Name
Rosa Marina
Origin/Ancestry
Some scholars believe that the magic energy release during the conflagration has affected normal roses mutating them in an underwater variant.
Conservation Status
This flower will grow only in limited areas of the Saynué, the dangers of this sea constitutes sufficient protection versus exploitation.
Geographic Distribution

Artistic connections


Sculpture

The wood from the thickest branches of Rosa Marina can be used to carve little figures. Differently from the flowers, there's no need to get involved in risky sea-travel to get it since it's not uncommon to find fragments of it washed on the southern shores of Phaldorya after a storm. The price of this little artworks is stricly connected to the quality of the artist involved, but it will never get near to that of the flowers.


In literature

Rosa Marina has a strong connection with the characters of the novels "The prince of Sorrow" and "The Path of Vengeance" by Lucas Almeyda.

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23 Mar, 2021 00:55

I LOVE the idea that these are pollinated by crustacean. That's a really nice touch. I love that they've adapted to life under water, and that they have uses in both medicine and gastronomy :D

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Luca Poddighe
23 Mar, 2021 16:14

I still have to add a side paragraph about connection in arts... but lately, everything takes more time than normal...

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Luca Poddighe
31 Mar, 2021 17:56

I have added a few lines about the connection of the flower to art uses. It is still a draft, furthermore, I need to think about its possible religious connections in the Boann's cult... It might easily get sorted after the end of the challenge as it needs too many tweaks and fine-tunings in various articles.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
26 Mar, 2021 15:23

Great aquatic flower! And I love that's it's pollinating by crustaceans!   A few comments:   I think you could expand a bit on why the sea where it's found is so dangerous as you make several intriguing mentions of that.   I'm wondering about the medicine that are made form it. How efficient are they compared to their cost? What you list would be a good use for a normal flower but not for one as expensive. Or is the point that nobles use it against trivial conditions despite the price?   Chocolate rose seems intriguing!

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Luca Poddighe
28 Mar, 2021 11:47

Hi Amelie,   Thank you for leaving the comment and the like. The bits regarding the danger of the Saynué I wanted to keep them as a brief mention, since I have developed them in a separate article, but I probably have to expand it and giving a bit of tender and loving care. (So much to do, so little time). On the second point, I will probably try a re-wording. I think you got the point: the buds would be efficient in terms of effect as anti-aging treatment, for example, but that would prevent the flowering phase and therefore harvesters have to charge keeping that in mind. Occasionally some very rich and spoiled noble will pay regardless but it is generally a product to order on purpose, rather than a common market product.   I hope this makes sense.   Azoun

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28 Mar, 2021 14:08

Nice twist on the original rose. :) I like how the seacreatures that hunt near it are the new pollinators opposed to the usual bees and stuff. Is it pretty common to eat the flower given that it is quite difficult to get it? Or is that something that's also more for the rich? Nice read;

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Luca Poddighe
28 Mar, 2021 20:31

My take is that the harvesters aren't free to eat them and the companies who employ them gain more from the selling than from the usage of the product. Possibly in the past, but being the Sainué fairly distant from the coast there is to consider if small vessels were suitable for the task. I have experience with the tuna ventresca (the best cuts) nowadays Japanese companies pay a pretty penny to buy it so they get sent immediately after the catch, they don't even get to reach the land. In the past, a part of it would be shared between the fishermen, but the price on local market never reached the price that Japanese people offer today.

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31 Mar, 2021 09:31

Hi! Congrats on this entry. Aquatic plants were not that frequent in the challenge, and the idea of a rose adapting to underwater life is really fun.   When you mentioned the ornmental use of the plant, does it still have to be underwater for that? Or is it used as a dry flower in an everlasting bouquet?   Also, is it seasonal? If so, what do the crab do when they aren't pollinating?   In any way, good job!

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Luca Poddighe
31 Mar, 2021 11:18

"When you mentioned the ornamental use of the plant, does it still have to be underwater for that? Or is it used as a dry flower in an everlasting bouquet?" There are two ways presently available one as a cut flower, that will remain fresh only for a few days, the other is by the use of hydromantic magic that can preserve the aging of tissues (either plant or animal) allowing the plant to artificially live as long as the spell gets maintained or repeated. There would be the option for storing it in an aquarium but no one has yet developed such a technology in Phaldorya (maybe in the future) but Rosa Marina still requires a very peculiar environment that would be very hard to re-create artificially.   "Also, is it seasonal? If so, what do the crab do when they aren't pollinating?" The plant itself is perennial but the season of flowering comes once a year. The pollination gets done passively, so the shrimp moves the particle between the insufficient hermaphrodite flowers of different bushes while hunting and hiding between the plant branches. While I was replying to you I have had a bit of an epiphany and I come to the conclusion that during the flowering period the Anomalocaris itself changes color to the exoskeleton, under hormonal influence, and their mating ritual requires some mimetic skills, for the moment is an idea but I will perfect it when I will write their article! Thank you for giving me such a good idea! (Or at least I think it is!)

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8 Apr, 2021 16:19

This is an interesting take on the challenge, and I love that there are so many uses for this plant.

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Luca Poddighe
8 Apr, 2021 16:30

I am very happy you enjoyed my article!

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13 Apr, 2021 18:49

These frickin' rich people. -,- They deserve to be scammed.

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Luca Poddighe
13 Apr, 2021 19:44

Yes, probably that's true! :D

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