DF2014:Plant

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This article is about the current version of DF.
For the article on farming plants, see Farming. For the article on crops, see Crops.

A Plant is a regrowing natural resource. In Dwarf Fortress, they can be separated in four categories, all of which have different properties and uses.

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[edit] Major types of plants

[edit] Crop

Main article: Crop

Crops can be planted from seeds and grown in farms. These include garden plants which can be bought at embark. There are above-ground as well as subterranean crops, both of which need soil or muddied rock to grow.

[edit] Shrub

Main article: Shrub

Shrubs cannot be planted, and must be gathered from naturally-growing specimens.

[edit] Tree

Main article: Tree

Trees are not farmable, and grow multiple z-levels, providing wood and possibly fruit.

[edit] Grass

Main article: Grass

Grasses form the natural ground cover of soil and muddied rock, and are necessary to feed grazing animals.

[edit] Plant growth

Plants may have multiple different types of growths. Each growth can have different properties in terms of usages and edibility. In general, only plant growths which are usable in some fashion will be collected and stockpiled by dwarves.

[edit] Bulb

Bulbs do not contain seeds.

[edit] Flower

Flowers do not contain seeds. Currently only date palm trees produce flowers that are usable in game.

[edit] Leaf

Leaves do not contain seeds. Currently most usable leaves are edible.

In-game, the category "leaves" in the stocks screen includes most non-seed plant growths (leaves, fruit, flowers, etc.)

An example of a common plant with useful leaves is the quarry bush which, when cooked, can produce large stacks of Prepared Food.

As most species of trees grow, they will produce leaves as a growth. Although these leaves will drop to the floor during the autumn seasons, they currently cannot be collected and have no use other than for atmospheric effect. Also, tree leaves cannot be cut away and they only disappear during the winter seasons or if the tree is chopped down.

Leaves growing on an Apricot tree

[edit] Nut

A nut is a tree seed growth, usually edible.

[edit] Pod

A pod is a plant growth containing seeds. In comparison to fruit, pods are thin structures, usually not edible.

[edit] Fruit

A fruit is a plant growth containing seeds. In comparison to pods, fruit are larger structures, usually edible.

Fruit may be produced by both crops and trees.

[edit] Collection

In Fortress mode fruit can be picked, on the surface, by setting up a gathering zone (i then g). If there are any trees in the zone, a dwarf will pick up a stepladder or climb the tree and drop the fruit to the ground, where it will be picked up by a dwarf.


Some examples:

"Plant" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: erok
Elvish: mana
Goblin: tusnas
Human: ona


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