Itsi Flower (EET-see)

The Itsi Flower is a newly discovered species of edible plant native to Niea. It is named for the explorer and chef who first discovered and ate the flower, Itsifa. The taste of the flower petals are floral and subtly fruity, while the leaves have a refreshingly green taste. The Itsi Flower produces an orange fruit similar to a rosehip which is also edible, and tastes citrus-like.

Basic Information

Anatomy

The Itsi Flower is a branching bush with dark green foliage and variegated flowers. The stems of each branch are covered in tiny hairs. The hairs have no known usage, and do not irritate the skin. The leaves of the plant appear in bunches of seven on each stem, and are odd pinnately compound.

The plant as a whole can reach up to 1 meter in height. Branches, on the other hand, will only make up 3/4ths of the total plant height, with the bottom fourth being a small trunk.

Genetics and Reproduction

The Itsi Flower produces its flowers once a year in autumn. Only one flower is produced per branch. After pollination, the flowers wither and the branch enters a dormancy period that lasts until the temperatures reach about 7°C. The plants revive and begin producing their small, orange fruits after those temperatures are reached.

Growth Rate & Stages

Itsi Flowers sprout after 12 days of incubation. They remain seedlings until 3 months of age. After 3 months, they begin shedding their leaves and regrowing into their adult foliage. Most Itsi Flowers produce fruit in their first year.

Additional Information

Uses, Products & Exploitation

The Itsi Flower has been searched for and harvested since its discovery as an edible plant. It is beginning to be cultivated as a source of food by the survivors of Pardisa, who have made Niea their home. Although the nutritional content of the flowers and leaves have yet to be fully analyzed, they provide a sense of fullness to the hungry.
Scientific Name
Sacae itsifa
Average Height
1 meter
Geographic Distribution
Discovered by


Cover image: Set Blueprint Species Footprint Alien by Vertixico

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19 Jul, 2022 07:22

This is a fascinating article! I cannot wait to see more about it as you develop it. I hope you add more about its uses and how it can be cultivated because this plant seems really cool!

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