Athromea Cyanea

Athromea cyanea

An epiphytic plant found mainly in the Atlantean highlands and residing on trees such as Blue Orosi and Landsia. It is characterized by long, pale silvery-green tendrils often reaching more than twenty ells from tree branch to ground, and in the late spring and early summer, small white five-petaled flowers resembling stars. In late summer, the fruits begin to swell at the flower base and turn a strong blue color while the flowers shrivel and drop off, and in mid autumn the fruits themselves fall to the ground.

The tendrils are the primary source of food for the ground-dwelling Highland Rimurata, which browses on the tender tips and so checks the growth of the tendrils. Cultivated Athromea cyanea have been found to reach over forty ells in length and may indeed grow indefinitely if not so browsed upon.

The fruits of Athromea cyanea are often eaten by birds while still on the plant; this is the plant's primary mode of propagation. The unripe fruits are very sweet and can be used to make a strongly analgesic tea; however, as the fruits grow at the base of the plant high in the tree, they are not always easy to obtain. The ripe fruits are quite bitter, and give off an unpleasant smell.

—Bodil Hvitbeinn, royal naturalist

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