The Mattress Grass

his article is still heaviliy a WIP, but I wanted to submit it anyway because I never submitted the sister article in its challenge.Forgive the unpolished version.
The Mattress Grass is a long stem graminaceous plant that during its flower season forms a soft cushion of aromatic grass leaves and stems with interspersed little yellow flowers.   Its characteristic fluffiness has developed as a way to attract the preferential pollinator of this plant, the Bee shepherd, but a moltitude of other animals, sapient species included, take advantage of it for a variety of uses.   It is not uncommon for the stems, and sometimes whole bushes, to be claimed as nesting material by birds and small mammals alike, and most human cultures in Eastern Phaldorya uses its fibres both as mattress filling and as a basketweaving material. All of these are activities that contribute to the pollination and dissemination of the plant.   This caused the spread of the Mattress grass in areas outside those commonly frequented by Bee Shepherds, such as many temperate areas of western Phaldorya.   The plant grows from a subterranean tuber to form a bush of curled and tender stems that in spring bloom with a moltitude of little yellow flowers. The exposed stamen of these inflorescences carry sacs of pollen equipped with a thin hook that easily attaches to the fur of the animals who visit it. In the case of the Bee shepherd, in particular, these sacs of pollen can be transported for several miles and detach only after a few hours when the hooks loses strenght and the animal is rolling in a new Mattress grass bush.   The name of the plant is due to the fact that when dried, the stem fibres retain their softness and fragrance and are therefore commonly used as filling for mattresses and pillows by various populations in Phaldorya. When stripped of their external layers, the leaves also form a strong but delicate textile fibre that stins well and is easy to weave and knit with.   This fibre is one of the preferential materials for the Otadan to weave their clothes, in particlar for the warm season, and it's sometimes used to embroder their Birth Blankets too.   Another part of the plant that is widely used is the tuber, that can be roasted or boiled or ground into a flour to make unleavened bread.
Scientific Name
Setaria culcita
Geographic Distribution


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Apr, 2021 07:33

Nice plant, this is an interesting reproduction method :D   If you want to add something to the article, you could try to make a scientific drawing (just pencil on paper, like in a scientist notebook while they're going in the field) of that pollen and hook. You could also add picture of some roll of cloth, or maybe abed mattress? :D   " delicate textile fibre that stins well and is easy to weave and knit with." Do you mean "stain" here?   " a moltitude of other animals, sapient species included, take advantage of it for a variety of uses." You have a typo at multitude. Do the animals sleep on it since it's so soft? You say that they take the stem and the bush to make a nest (presumably somewhere else), but is it common to find them just asleep in the middle of the still growing bush? Would that be a good place for predators and hunter to look for prey?   Can the leaves be used in cooking too since you say they are aromatic?

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10 Apr, 2021 15:19

This plant seems to be quite interesting to use. Their reproduction method is pretty nice as well. A tip to improve it further would be to make more divisions in the article for example one for biology and one for uses.   You have a small typo in 'a moltitude of other animals, sapient species included,' which should be multitude :)

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17 Apr, 2021 13:31

Fluffy! I love it. And a nice way of reproducing.