26 июля 2008 г.|
updated October 2000
Биология -> All The Plants of Pern
[Alfalfa] [Almond] [Aloe]
[Ash] [Asparagus] [Bamboo grasses]
[Banana] [Barley] [Basil] [Beachberry]
[Beans] [Berries] [Birch] [Blackberries]
[Black marshberries] [Blooming plant] [Blueberry]
[Borage, Borrago] [Box] [Bran] [Brassicae]
|<<|| Aconite (H)||
Known location: near Fort
Growth form: root
Uses: medicinal herb, anodyne, for heart palpitations. Root is used in a powdered form.
Outside Info: All parts of this plant are toxic. The root is used externally for nerve-
related pain. It is a sedative, painkiller, and anti-fever treatment. The plant grows to 1.5m with
helmut-sheped voilet flowers in early summer.
Aconitum spp. (Monk's hood, wolfsbane, etc.). The rhizome of this blue
bell-flowered perennial may be dried, ground, and used to treat irregular
heartbeats. A herbaceous perennial, two to four inches/five to ten centimeters
tall, violet-blue flowers, three, four or five pod-like fruit capsules. Prefers
mildly acid, moist, well-drained soil, cold to temperate-zones.
Fans of murder mysteries, particularly those with Medieval settings (such as
Elis Peters's Brother Cadfael), and maybe Harry Potter fans, are undoubtedly
already familiar with aconite under its more familiar common names, monk's hood
and wolfsbane. And, its use in Moreta, Dragonlady of Pern or in Remus
Lupin's wolfsbane potion notwithstanding, all members of this family are
extremely toxic. There is no part of this plant that is safe to consume. In very
minuscule amounts, Chinese herbalists and some Western medical practitioners use
aconite as a cardiac depressant or in topical applications for joint pain, but
the therapeutic dose and toxic dose are so close to each other that even in
controlled professional medical situations it is a drug of last resort. It is
even possible to absorb fatal doses through the skin. Never experiment with
aconite at home!
Uses: medicinal herb, anodyne,
for heart palpitations.|
Outside Info: Grows to 20cm. Has feathery leaves with bright yellow daisy-like flowering tops in
spring. All parts of the plant are toxic, and the flowering tops contain seeds which contain
sedatives and heart stimulants.
Adonis spp. A member of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercups), decoctions are
used as pain relievers, to ease the heart, and as an antiseptic wash. Adonis,
like aconite, is a member of family Ranunculaceae, and like almost every member
of that family is highly toxic. Even goldenseal can cause extreme damage when
taken for an extended period. Adonis should only be used by medical
professionals in highly controlled doses.
[Data submitted by Jennifer Quail]
Known location: Paradise
Uses: medicinal, as a tea it is
good for the stomach. diuretic.|
Outside Info: Grows to 80cm. Has purple flowers and 3-part leavs. Leavs and sprouted seeds can
be eaten in salads. It is an appetite stimulant for convalescents, and is used by Arabs as horse
fodder to increase speed. It is also said to increase production of cow's milk. The seeds are used
to make a yellow dye.
|<<||Almond||Growth form: tree|
Known locations: Benden hold
Uses: edible nuts
Outside Info: Has dark bark, and rose to white flowers in early spring. The fixed oil from
the kernel is used in cosmetics and as a base for some medicines.
<<||Aloe||Uses: medicinal herb, for burns|
Outside Info: The gel can be used in shampoo for dry, itchy scalp. It speeds cell regeneration
and is 1st aid for small burns, cuts, chapped skin, sunburn, eczema, and dermatitis.
|<<||Ash (I)||Growth form: Tree|
General habitat: 'higher reaches' (Dragonlovers guide)-hills/higher ground over the flat
Uses: ash bark used medicinally, as a diuretic and febrifuge.
Outside Info: Because of the variety of trees called 'ash', it is difficult t
Fraxinus spp. Ash was one of the species of trees brought to Pern by the
colonists. They were planted in the higher reaches [DLG1/II:15].
Medicinal use: The dried bark and leaves can be used in decoction as a diuretic.
Ash is a tall, deciduous tree with smooth grayish bark and toothed-edge oblong
leaves up to 3" long. The bark contains tannin, an astringent. It may or may not
have diuretic properties. (The only sources still citing it as medicinal are the
reprint of a 1931 herbal and a highly credulous book on the herbal arts, which
also lists planetary alignments for plants.) Ash is more valuable as a lumber
product, especially in shipbuilding (it's highly elastic) and furniture.
|<<||Asparagus||Uses: asparagus tinticure used (primarily in Weyrs)
to stave off drunkedness. Also is a part of the 'killer cure' for hangovers.|
|<<||Bamboo grasses (N)||
bamboo-like grassoid, triangular cross-section|
Known locations: nerat hold, Southern hold
General habitat: marshy land
Uses: nerat: braid and twisted like wicker, used for furniture.| Southern: used as food
Misc.: light and strong. Southern:''…grow so swiftly that in the afternoon a kitchen auntie
has to cut down stalks she planted in the morning, or they will be too tough to eat at dinner.'' (Dragonlovers)
|<<||Banana||Known locations: Boll|
|<<||Barley||Uses: brewed as tea to combat
symptoms of cystis (common complaint of female Dragonriders)|
Outside Info: Grain is used for cereal, meal, bread, soups, and is used to brew beer,
whiskey, and gin. Malt extract and barley foods aid convalescence and soothe internal passages.
Germinated grain treats bronchitis. straw left to rot in pond water inhibits algae growth.
|<<||Basil|| Uses: medicinal herb,
Outside Info: Grows in many forms. The essential oil scents soaps and perfumes, and is used
to treat anxiety, headaches, respiratory problems, and aids concentration and digestion. An infusion
of basil aids digestion and is a nerve tonic. The essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy.
Basil can be used in salads.
Beachberry||Uses: edible, used in
Growth form: Earth beans Uses: food|
Outside Info: Bean pods help reduce high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar metabolism.
|<<||Berries||Known location: Igen/Lemos
Uses: edible, can be made into jam. Berry wax can be made into candles.
Misc.: Berries are often talked about, but sometimes not noted which type they are.
|<<||Birch||Growth form: tree|
Known location: Igen/Lemos forests
Blackberries||(I, same as black
Growth form: Earth blackberry bush
Known locations: High Reaches hold
Uses: fruit, made into brandy
Outside Info: Leaf decoction is a blood and skin tonic. A poultice of the leaf treats eczema.
Fruits create a blue-grey dye, and the young shoots (with alum as a moderant) make a creamy fawn
location: near Half-Circle Seahold|
Uses: edible, large quantities could be pressed for oil
misc. info: Has fragrant pink blossoms tangling in clusters. Blooms in 'winter'. possibly year
Earth blueberry bush|
Uses: fruit, most popular for bubbly pies
|<<||Borage, Borrago(?) (I,H)||
Uses: medicinal and/or cooking herb, used for coughs
Outside Info: Grows to 60cm, with blue star-like flowers. The flowers can be used to decorate
salads and cakes. The leavs flavor drinks and dips. A leaf and flower infusion is an adrenalin tonic
for stress, depression, or cortisone and steroid treatment. It reduces fevers, dry coughs, dry skin
rashes, and stimulates milk folow. Pressed seed oil can be used for menstural and irratible bowel
problems, eczema, blood pressure, arthritis, and hangover. The flowers produce a nice pure blue for
paints. Mix leaf with barley and bran in a small muslin bag and use in a bath to cleanse and soften
Uses: medicinal, diaphoretic|
Outside Info: Brassicae is part of the scientific name of a variety of plants commonly known as
mustards. At one time, it may have been adopted as another name for mustard. Unfortunately, I do not
remember which book had this term.
Bulge-nut||Known location: Igen/Lemos
Uses: edible, large quantities can be made into bread.
Misc.: The acid from teh nut kills other undergrowth.