Jiyuu III was first mapped, explored, and colonized by the Fifth Expeditionary Fleet in YE 29. From planet-fall the discovery and catalog of local plant life and fungi began. It was continued through YE 30 to YE 33 with scientists from the United Outer Colonies, and then again from YE 34 forwards by the Yamatai Star Empire. In YE 42, the Yugumo Corporation had their scientists start a biological survey to check on the recovery process of damage done to the biosphere of the planet during the Second Mishhuvurthyar War, during which more local flora was studied and cataloged.1)
The indigenous Flora of the planet.
Jiyuuian Maple is a tree very similar to the Yamataian Maple, its leaves have a distinctive bronze color and a thick wax cuticle that helps it resist the tropical climate of the planet. Jiyuuian Maples tend to grow in the fringes of the planet's forest and only reach a maximum height of twelve feet.
The Tokyo Coconut Palm is a variety of palm tree that grows almost everywhere in the coastal and island regions of the planet. It has large fan-like leaves and produces a coconut fruit that is edible, the inner flesh is a shade of pink and is sometimes called the “Sakura Coconut” in reference to the similar color of its flesh to the sakura blossom.
Motoyoshi Silk Tree - A variety of tree similar to the Common Silk Tree, it produces bright purple flowers that close up during non-daylight hours. It is similar to another variety of Silk Tree that grew on Taiie IV in which Motoyoshi-Yamada Ayano got her nickname in reference by Motoyoshi-Ieyasu Taro.
A tall grass which is native to the central regions of continents on Jiyuu III. It is a deep-rooted, drought-resistant grass with ribosomal root systems that can reach almost twelve feet beneath the surface of the soil. It has a vibrant green color when it matures and can grow almost 4 meters high. It generally seeds in the late fall.
A variety of native bamboo that grows nearly everywhere in the tropical climate of the planet. It is a fast-growing species that is ideal for the creation of primitive structures. Their flower structures are a brilliant blue color and are generally in full bloom during mid-summer. The natural growth and desire for this wood-like grass have led to sustainable harvesting in some regions.
A tall grass that grows inshore regions and coastal wetland areas and even sand dunes. It prefers soils that get exposed to saline water and can grow up to 6 meters in height. It has a greenish-brown stalk with a pronounced cone-like flower structure at the top. Jiyuuian reeds are known for their resilience often weathering hurricanes and high winds during the stormy late summer months.
A variety of rose that grows in coastal areas on Jiyuu III. It is known for its vibrant pink and gold blossom that blooms during the spring and summer seasons. The stems of these plants are covered in razor-sharp thorns that are covered in a sticky sap that tends to get stuck in the skin. The sap has a symbiotic parasite that is known to cause flu-like symptoms to most humans if consumed.
A variety of lilly native to the jungle regions of Jiyuu III. It is a blue and white bell-shaped flower with broad black streaks through it. It is known for its extremely poisonous endotoxin that if consumed can cause paralysis and death in most humans. Low levels of this toxin are also being researched for their medical applications, in that with the correct bioengineering can control immune responses in humans.
A mushroom found in the jungle regions of the planet. This crimson-capped mushroom has white and blue spots on its umbrella-shaped cap and has a white stalk that can grow up to 6cm in length. It is extremely poisonous to most humans; its toxin causes feelings of extreme euphoria, paralysis, and generally death within a few hours of consumption. There is no known antidote to this mushroom's toxin.
A mushroom that grows pretty much anywhere but the poles of the planet. It is a white mushroom with a spherical cap that has tiny blue spots on it. It is used in culinary applications and is known for its umami flavor. It is available in most seasons except for late spring when its spherical cap bursts to release spores into the air for reproduction. It prefers damp soil, rotting trees, and grows in the shade.
Jiyuuian Rice, a hybrid variety of rice that is a genetic combination of a local species of rice and Yamataian short-grain rice. It is a massive cash crop on Jiyuu III, and is the most commonly used rice variety in culinary applications.
A variety of wheat unique to the central regions of the planet. It is extremely fast-growing and is preferred by farmers on the planet due to it averaging three harvests per year. It is an indigenous grass plant. It is known for its golden color and when ground into flour has a very nutty flavor.
A variety of Wasabi native to the planet that is now cultivated. It is known for its bright pink-colored ribosomal root that when ground makes a blush-colored paste used in culinary applications. Its flavor is extremely powerful and is known for its higher than normal spicy quality and citrus notes in its flavor profile.
See Tokyo Brewing Company Ingredients for varieties of hops that are cultivated on the planet.
Common or standard crops.
See the Iga Fancy Fruit Emporium for their custom fruit varieties.
An invasive species from the HX-13 System that was accidentally introduced by the Mishhuvurthyar during their invasion in YE 33. These fast-growing pink colored vine plants thrive in the tropical environment and choke out local vegetation as they quickly expand across the planet. The Yugumo Corporation began controlled burns of this plant in YE 41 and are determined to remove its foothold on the planet.
Andrew created this article on 2021/02/18.