Loki: Chapter 7

The flora of Loki are divided into two main types. The first type is the chemosynthetic. The second type is the photosynthetic.

The more common of the two is the chemosynthetic. These plants are typically much smaller, and are also less developed. They fit into the ecology of Loki about like mosses and ferns fit into the ecology of present day Earth. These plants are structured to allow the largest amount of surface area to absorb the nutrients and sulfides, while offering little area for sulfur to deposit and start cutting off the supply of chemicals. Most of these plants tend to be fibrous, full of branches, and relatively tough to tear or uproot. They tend to be either white, yellow, or brown, with yellow being most common.

The photosynthetic plants are much, much larger than the chemosynthetic plants. These plants range in length from a meter to nearly 50 meters tall. These plants typically have an oil sack in the top part of the stem, and a fastening to the bedrock. These adaptations keep the plants extended so that they have the most area available to accept IR and carbon dioxide. These plants also tend to have leaves attached near specified ratios of their total length, the most common being every fourth, and every fifth. These leaves form places where fauna can live and prosper. The photosynthetic flora resemble nothing so much as the largest algae on earth. They tend to be primarily a purple color, although there are reddish and bluish photosynthesizers.

The smaller chemosynthetic plants are used in conjunction with the larger plants by the sentients of Loki to make their unique ``weavings''. The large plants are used for their texture and their length. The smaller, chemosynthetic plants are used as joinings, and also are used to give the whole ``weaving'' strength.

Chris Jones
Sat Feb 18 00:31:33 MST 1995