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Snake Trees and other Flora

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, October 25, 1999, 20:22
Well, actually, it's only about Snake Trees.

There are these kind of trees in the northeastern US, as well as other
places i assume.  Their leaves turn bright yellow during the fall.  In
the late summer they give off tremendous amounts of tiny bright green
flowers that cover the sidewalks.  In fall they grow these big seedpods
that look like peapods with distinct bulges.  The pods are green, but
they slowly turn brownish-black as the leaves turn yellow.  The turning
brown-black is a sign that they're drying out; when they dry out, they
begin to curl into helixes or curves or wave shapes, and then they drop.
Some of them are part green and part brown.

I call them "snake trees" because the pods look like snakes twisting
around on the ground and hanging from the tree, and when they drop while
changing color they're striped horizontally in green and brown
"snake-ish" colors.

I forgot what i named them in Rokbeigalmki, but the word for "snake" is
that root +_l_, and the word for "snake*tree*" is the root +_s_,
corresponding to the individual suffixes of animals vs. plants.  In
coloquial speech the extra consonants are usually dropped.  I wrote it in
my digital organizer thing, but it broke.  It was something like
_thihslaath-_ /TIsl&T/, i think.

Does anyone know what the trees are really called in English (or any
translatable language) ?

-Stephen (Steg)
 "may the schwa be with you!"

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