Post Greyhawk Wars: 585 CY
Forests, Jungles, Woodlands
Major And Minor Woodlands
Sable Wood Forest
The Trees of the Flanaess
Northern: Alder, balsam, birch, fir, pine, scrub oak, sablewood.
Central: apple, beech, briar, bronzewood, cherry, chestnut, chokecherry, crabapple, elder, elm, galda, hawthorne, hickory, hornwood, ipp (or ipt), larch, locust, maple, mulberry, myrtle, oak, pear, phost, plum, poplar, roanwood, thorn, usk, walnut, willow, yarpick, yew.
Southern: apricot, ash, bay, camphor, cedar, fig, grapefruit, gum, kara, lemon, lime, mangrove, oak, olive, orange, peach, pine, tulip tree.
Southern tropical: banyan, baobab, deklo, mahogany, mangrove, palm, teak.
Deklo: Deklo trees are massive hardwoods, often 15 feet in dimaeter and over 100 feet tall. They have thick, strong branches that grow almost parallel to the trunk. On a mature deklo, leaves are over a foot in diameter. These trees tend to grow in groves, excluding other forms of vegetation. Their timber is useful for furniture, shipbuilding, woodenhandled tools, and a variety of uses.
Galda: These trees are 30 feet or so in height, with yellow bark and yellow-green leaves. In early spring, the tree produces whitish, cone-shaped fruit that ripens to gold in the summer. Galda fruit is somewhat astringent and salty to the palate, but is both refreshing and nutritious, as its multiple seeds are rich in protein.
Kara: Karafruit trees grow to 40 feet or more. They have a rough bark, and an irritating resin exudes from branches and leaves. Karafruit is light brown, with yellow spotting when unripe and red streaks when mature. Karafruit are fistsized, oddly squarish, chewy, and sweet.
Hornwood: This beautiful hardwood is about the size of a small elm. Its trunk and branches are very straight and black-barked, with long, pointed, spear-like leaves. Hornwood, treated and seasoned well, is strong and resilient, and makes excellent weapons, especially bows.
Ipp: These trees are among the largest known, averaging 60 or more feet in height when mature, with broad trunks. The ipt, a subspecies, is larger still. Both species have greenish
bark and large, vaguely hand-shaped leaves of emerald green. Ipps are hardy, disease resistant, and long-lived. The wood is versatile, although it does not take seasoning well and is rarely employed in making weapons.
Phost: These trees are similar to oaks, except that their bark is quite shaggy and their leaves are twice as broad as they are long. Phost wood gives off a soft glow in dim light after a tree has been dead for a year or so. Groves of phost trees can often be seen at dawn or twilight for some distance, even within a mixed forest. The wood is not hard, does not take seasoning well, and is used more for firewood and kindling than for anything else.
Roanwood: Roanwoods are similar to sequoias, except that their branches are closer to the ground (30 feet or so) and are far larger. The roanwood is a hardwood with reddish brown bark, as the name implies, and gray speckling. Roanwoods have fan-shaped leaves about a foot long. The wood and grain of the tree allow use for fine furniture, interiors, or carving. Where hardness and strength are desired, hickory, bronzewood, and oak are typically used.
Sablewood: These are northern evergreens, short and thick-trunked. Their branches make excellent arrow shafts. If the wood is oiled, it becomes a lustrous black
Usk: These tall hardwoods have huge oblong leaves and an edible fruit much loved by many forest creatures. Typical specimens are 8-9 feet in diameter and 50-60 feet tall, and are similar to a maple in shape. The bright blue uskfruit is roughly the size of a large grapefruit and is aromatic. The great leaves are slightly waterrepellent, and can be used as wrapping; food wrapped in usk leaves lasts longer than food not so wrapped. A preservative for treating foods can be extracted from the leaves if soaked in a solution of vinegar.
Yarpick: Commonly known as the daggerthorn, this is a short, sturdy tree with low spreading branches and broad, fringed leaves. Its trunk has small, sharp thorns about half an inch long. Thorns on its lower branches can be awesome, growing to over two feet long and the thickness of a finger at the base. Yarpick thorns are straight and tough, and are used as weapons or weapon components.
The mature yarpick tree bears small fruit which is neither wholesome nor nutritious, but the inner seed is quite good when cracked as a nut. Cultivated yarpick ‘nuts” are as large as plums and very nourishing, often roasted or ground into meal