Pod PairsEgg-shaped nuts grow in large pods and are considerably poisonous.
FlowersWhite tubular five-lobed petals with fragrant pink throats.
ShrubDark, shiny and oval leaves arranged in a spiral around the flowers.
Genetics and Reproduction
PollinationThrough the wind or passing animals from the previous season, the shrub's flowers will degrade and from which the pods spring forth and mature in 9 months. Some flower sprouts are more productive than others, while others may never produce a single bean.
Ecology and Habitats
Desert ConditionsThe plant is capable of slowing its growth during drought conditions and can remain viable for up to a year.
Wet ConditionsRiver banks and lake shores, (clean and salty), are the favoured planting sites for the shrub.
Collecting Seed PodsWhen the pods start to discolour from green to light brown to dark brown, then they are ready to open. Pods can open at any time of year depending on the time of pollination. After it opens, the beans would need to dry out for a few days and then replanted or stored in a dark dry place.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
InsecticidesWhen its leaves are mashed into a paste and dissolved, that acts as a common insecticide.
DeodorantsCrushed roots mixed with beeswax and coconut oil to prevent body odor.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Keanian colonists during wars with the Tuskin. It is not clear if the first variant was reliant on the ice river water or salty lake water to survive, but it eventually adapt enough to dry conditions as its environment changed yet again with the north's desertification.
Civilization and Culture
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
Trial by OrdealBelief in a celestial justice that determines the outcome of innocence or guilt for someone accuses of a crime with insufficient evidence. The beans would be crushed and mixed with water, or sometimes just shallowed whole or only needing to consume just a piece of a crushed nut. Lethality can vary according to:
- Beans that are darker in colour are known to be more poisonous
- Mixing with smaller quantities of water
- Consuming the maw bean on an empty stomach
Often the poison of choice in Trials by Ordeal
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Light and dark brown stripes with intersecting ridges across its middle
Consequences for Consumption
- Organ Failure
- Brain Damage
- Eventual Death
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