One of the most common plants found across Elämä, Tindlewood (sometimes referred to as reed wood) is a tall, sturdy plant, used in one form or another by every known race around our planet.
Divided into about 812 species, Tindlewood thrives in diverse climates, from the cold mountain regions near Holääfeldi, to the hot tropical regions of Asä-Illäriu. Torba, a slower growing species of Tindlewood and known for its hardness, also grows with little to no rainfall in the deserts of Isumiir. Tindlewood is one of the fastest-growing plants on Ela?ma?, with recorded growth rates of 4.2 sp (roughly chest height of a human male) in a single day. This growth rate, however, is dependent on the soil and climatic conditions, specifically the moisture in the soil, as well as species.
A more typical growth rate for cultivated Tindlewood in average climates, such as the valley region of Andilain is in the range of 16-19 notches (1.4–1.7 sp) per day, during its growing period. The tallest species have been recorded at 64.6 sp., while the smallest species measuring 2.4 sp at full maturity.
Unlike trees, individual Tindlewood stems, or bulbs, push up from the ground already at their full diameter and grow to their maximum height in a single season, which varies slightly, according to species and climate. During these growth spurts, each new bulb grows vertically with no branching until the mature height is reached. Branches extend from the top nodes, leafing out down approximately 3-5 sp., shooting out dense clusters of leaves. These act as collectors of both sunlight and moisture.
During the second season, the pulpy wall of each bulb slowly hardens, while the entire plant collects and stores mehu (MAY-u)–a thick, fermented liquid, which can be harvested and used in a number of industries. A popular product is mäkälle (mah-KAH-lay), a sweet hard-candy, which is sold in most human markets. During the third season, the bulb hardens further and it is now considered a fully mature plant, which can be used in construction and other product manufacturing.
The Amnu species, which only grows to a height of 4.1 sp at maturity, is cultivated and used most frequently for the production of reeds used in the game of Bloodsticks. Its consistency in shape, density and the soft grain of the wood, allowing for complex engravings, make this Tindlewood species a favorite among merchants.