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OBL
Oct 1, 2017 6:45 AM CST
If there is a plant that is extremely adaptive and can last in harsh conditions, if so then,
what plant has a very short seed cycle, is extremely hard to kill, grows very fast, can last long periods of extreme hots and colds, doesn't need the sun to get enough energy to live, lasts a long time. If there are no plants that exists with these or some of these, then is there a plant that can grow/evolve at extremely fast paces and could possibly last in the harshest of conditions? If there is anything that fits into these criteria, thank you, much appreciated.
And if possible something that can survive in environment of extreme cold/hot (doesn't need to be both, preferably cold climates/hard if not no ground).

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sooby
Oct 1, 2017 7:05 AM CST
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When you say doesn't need the sun, does that mean you want to grow it under artificial lighting? Or that you're looking for a parasitic plant? Or...? There are likely some plants that fit other requirements but we'd need an actual location to answer properly rather than a fictitious one.
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porkpal
Oct 1, 2017 7:25 AM CST
Is this plant going to be taken on interplanetary travel?
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Ursula
Oct 1, 2017 8:05 AM CST
I would pick a flowering plant which is used in scientific experiments because of a fairly short life cycle and is tough to kill. Commelina communis comes to mind, but I know there are others like spotted Knapweed and surely a lot more.
Don't know about the lack of light, unless you look at Fungi, Parasitic plants or google subterranian flowering plants like Rhizanthella gardneri.
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crawgarden
Oct 1, 2017 8:17 AM CST
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DaisyI
Oct 1, 2017 1:44 PM CST
porkpal said:Is this plant going to be taken on interplanetary travel?


If you are planning a trip to Mars, skip the potatoes.

How about Barite Roses? They will survive anything but being run down by the car.

Sorry, but without a little more info, like WHY?, there's not much we can suggest. Parasitic plants would have to be attached to something that would also need to withstand the conditions described.

The only other place (on Earth) that has the conditions described is the South Pole, where, at least for now, nothing grows.
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Ursula
Oct 1, 2017 2:47 PM CST
Btw, I forgot to mention Narnie weed, that will certainly survive anything mentioned! Smiling
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DaisyI
Oct 1, 2017 3:36 PM CST
Ursula said:Btw, I forgot to mention Narnie weed, that will certainly survive anything mentioned! Smiling


Rolling on the floor laughing Now we're growing Marijuana at the South Pole?

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Ursula
Oct 1, 2017 3:45 PM CST
Is Narnia the same as the South Pole?? Rolling on the floor laughing
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porkpal
Oct 1, 2017 3:47 PM CST
I think we have scared the original poster away.
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Ursula
Oct 1, 2017 3:52 PM CST
I hope not!
It certainly was an interesting question of sorts, hopefully the OP will check in with us.
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DaisyI
Oct 1, 2017 5:50 PM CST
If the OP was researching plants to take to Mars, it would be an interesting project. The soil on Mars is fertile and there is water. The only thing lacking is an atmosphere. So if you build an air-tight greenhouse, you could probably grow quite a few food crops if you could find some that could handle the extremes of weather.

But I'm afraid telling us that (s)he lives in Narnia didn't really put a serious spin on the question. Sighing!
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ctcarol
Oct 1, 2017 5:59 PM CST
??? I guess I need to read something besides novels. How fertile can the soil on Mars be? No oxygen...no plant life.
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DaisyI
Oct 1, 2017 6:20 PM CST
Sorry, mis-spoke. They have to add the organic part. Read on...

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/f...

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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 1, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Yeah, I'm really not sure that somebody who says he lives in Narnia, and wants a plant that doesn't need sun, warmth, soil etc. is really serious. I think he's yanking our chain, folks.

Alaska has lots of plants, and they have long periods of extreme cold, very long, dark winters . . maybe he's a crazy Alaskan.
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ctcarol
Oct 1, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Maybe doing research for a science fiction?
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DaisyI
Oct 1, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Darn! And I REALLY wanted to have a discussion about growing tomatoes on Mars. (Tomatoes, not potatoes... Smiling )
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Ursula
Oct 1, 2017 8:14 PM CST
And I could smack myself for actually trying to answer....
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ctcarol
Oct 1, 2017 8:16 PM CST
Trying to be generous here...maybe a lit. student trying to come up with a reason why the book is fantasy, aside from the obvious? I haven't read the book in a long time, and don't recall any thing about extreme heat. Shrug!
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ctcarol
Oct 1, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Stick with orchids, Ursula!

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