Flora of Gor

The talender, yellow-petaled and fragrant.

Brak Bush

a shrub whose leaves have a purgative effect when chewed; traditionally branches of it are nailed to house doors during the Waiting Hand to discourage the entry of bad luck into the house for the New Year. Almost all doors, including that of the House of Cernus, had nailed to them some branches of the Brak Bush, the leaves of which, when chewed, have a purgative effect. Assassin of Gor, page 211

Carpet Plant

a plant of the rainforest area inland of Schendi having tendrils that can be used to tie things. I then cut some leaves and wrapped them about it. I tied this simple bandage shut with the tendrils of a carpet plant. Explorers of Gor, page 347

cacao tree

From the cacao tree, come the beans for making chocolate, coming original from Earth, now growing in the tropics of Gor and the beans can be purchased. “this is warmed chocolate,” I said, pleased. It was very rich and creamy.

Yes, Mistress,” said the girl.

“It is very good,” I said.

“Thank you , Mistress,” she said.

“Is it from Earth?” I asked.

“Not directly,” she said. “Many things here, of course, ultimately have an Earth origin. It is not improbable that the beans from which the first cacao trees on these world were grown were brought from Earth.”

“Do the trees grow near here?” I asked.

“No, Mistress,” she said. “We obtain the beans, from which the chocolate is made, from Cosian merchants, who, in turn, obtain them in the tropics.” Kajira of Gor, page 61


a small short-stemmed flower indigenous to hillsides; sometimes called the ‘slave flower’ it is often used as a design for slave brands; sometimes used as a slave name.

my own brand was the “dina”; the dina is a small, lovely, multiply petaled flower, short-stemmed, and blooming in a turf of green leaves, usually on the slopes of hills, in the northern temperate zones of Gor; in its budding, though in few other ways, it resembles a rose; it is an exotic, alien flower; it is also spoken of, in the north, where it grows more frequently, as the slave flower Slave Girl of Gor, page 61

Fan Palm

found in the jungles of Schendi the are more than 20 feet high and spread their leaves in the form of an opened fan. An excellent source of water for as much as a liter can be found at the base of each leaf’s stem.

One type of palm, the fan palm, more than twenty feet high, which spreads its leaves in the form of an open fan, is an excellent source of pure water, as much as a liter of such water being found, almost as though cupped at the base of each leaf’s stem. Explorers of Gor, pages 310


a tree of the Tahari having lancelet leaves and narrow branches, the trunk leans like that of a palm tree.

About some of these water holes there were a dozen or so small trees, flahdah trees, like flat-topped umbrellas on crooked sticks, not more than twenty feet high; they are narrow branched with lancelet leaves. Tribesmen of Gor, page 72


a largish scarlet flower having 5 petals. There was a shallow bowl of flowers, scarlet, large-budded, five-petaled flaminiums, on the small, low table between us. Hunters of Gor, page 154


a plant which grows in desert regions of Gor. It’s roots are extremely toxic, even poisonous, but the leaves can be rolled and formed into strings which are chewed or sucked to produce a stimulant effect; addictive.

The roots of the kanda plant, which grows largely in desert regions on Gor, are extremely toxic, but, surprisingly, the rolled leaves of this plant, which are relatively innocuous, are formed in ostrings and, chewed or sucked, are much favored by many Goreans, particularly in the southern hemisphere, where the leaf is more abundant. Nomads of Gor, page 43

Leech Plant

a living rooted plant with bladder-like seed pods, it can fasten two hollow fang-like thorns into its victim through which it can suck the blood that nourishes it. A chemical response of the pods cause a mechanical pumping action, giving them an eerie resemblance to contracting and expanding lungs. The leech plant strikes like a cobra, and fastens two hollow thorns into its victim. The chemical responses of the bladderlike pods produce a mechanical pumping action, and the blood is sucked into the plant to nourish it. Outlaw of Gor, page33

Liana Vine

a rainforest plant which can be used as a source of drinking water.

Another useful source of water is the liana vine. One makes the first cut high, over one’s head, to keep the water from being withdrawn by contraction and surface adhesion to the vine. The second cut, made a foot or so from the ground, gives a vine tube which, drained, yields in the neighborhood of a liter of water. Explorers of Gor, page 310

Needle Tree

an evergreen tree of the Thentis region whose oil is used in perfumes.

…and the needle trees, the evergreens…Raiders of Gor, page 141

Palm Tree

More than 1500 varieties of palm trees exist in the rainforest one of which is the Fan Palm more than 20 ft high.

There is an incredible variety of trees in the rainforest, how many I cannot conjecture. There are, however, more than fifteen hundred varieties and types of palm alone. Explorers of Gor, page 310


a tufted reed-like plant that grows in the marshes; it has long thick roots about four inches thick which lies under the surface of the water with smaller roots that sink down to the mud with stems 15-16 feet long with a single floral spike. Each part of the rence is used for something. Some parts being edible while others can be used for carving, caulking, making paper, or a host of other things.

She took my hands and, with marsh vine, lashed them behind it. Then, as she had in the morning, she fastened my ankles to the pole, and then, again as she had in the morning, she bound me to it as well by the stomach and neck. Then, throwing away the garland of rence flowers I had worn, she replaced it with a fresh garland.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 44


a whitish fibrous matter found in the seed pods of a small reddish woody bush used to make rep-cloth. Rep is a whitish fibrous matter found in the seed pods of a small, reddish, woody bush, commercially grown in several area, but particularly below Ar and above the equator. Raiders of Gor, page 10

Shrub, Kes

a shrub whose salty blue secondary roots are a main ingredient in sullage, a Gorean soup.

…and the salty, blue secondary roots of the Kes Shrub, a small, deeply rooted plant which grows best in sandy soil. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 45

Sim Plant

a rambling, tangled, vine-like plant with huge, rolling leaves raised in the pasture chambers of the Nest.

I did not know at the time but Gur is a product originally secreted by large, gray, domesticated, hemispheric arthropods which are, in the morning, taken out to pasture where they feed on special Sim plants, extensive, rambling, tangled vine-like plants with huge, rolling leaves, raised under square energy lamps fixed in the ceilings of the broad pasture chambers. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 214

sip root

a bitter root whose extract is the active ingredient in slave wine. Blood Brothers of Gor, pages 46, 124 and 319


Delicate and yellow petaled, a fragrant meadow flower; when worn in a slave girl’s hair, it is a symbol of deep submission and emotional attachment to her owner. It is also worn as a symbol of love by FreeWomen.

The talender is a flower which, in the Gorean mind, is associated with beauty and passion. Free Companions, on the Feast of their Free Companionship, commonly wear a garland of talenders. Sometimes slave girls, having been subdued, but fearing to speak, will fix talenders in their hair, that their master may know that they have at last surrendered themselves to him as helpless love slaves. Raiders of Gor, page 217


a plant of the Tahari, its roots mashed and mixed with water provide a red dye.

The rep-cloth veil was red; it had been soaked in a primitive dye, mixed from wear and the mashed roots of the telekint; when he perspired, it had run; his face was stained. Tribesmen of Gor, page 83


a plant whose extract is the active ingredient in breeding wine. Blood Brothers of Gor, page 320

tor shrub

translated as the ‘bright shrub’ or the ‘shrub of light’ because of it’s abundant bright flowers either yellow or white depending on the variety. It flowers in the fall. Renegades of Gor, page 339

Tree, Flower

found in Turia, it has lovely dangling loops of interwoven blossoms which hang from curved branches. In pleasure gardens, the trees are cultivated so that the clustered flowers emerge in subtle delicate patterns of shades and hues.

I saw the high walls of what was undoubtedly a Pleasure Garden. I could see, here and there, on the inside, the tops of graceful flower trees.
. . .I now saw him leap to the wall and, scarcely looking about, run along and then leap to the swaying trunk of one of the flower trees and descend swiftly to the darkness of the gardens.
. . .I had no difficulty finding Harold. Indeed, coming down the segmented trunk of the flower tree, I almost landed on top of him.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Pages 215 – 216

tree, Hogarthe

I stared, tremblingly, at the lonely pair of trees. “The trees,” I said. “The trees.” They were Hogarthe trees, named for Hogarthe, one of the early explorers in the area of the Barrens. They are not uncommon in the vicinity of water in the Barrens, usually growing along the banks of small streams or muddy, sluggish rivers. Their shape is very reminiscent of poplar trees on Earth, to which, perhaps, in virtue of seeds brought to the Counter-Earth, they may be related. “It is from those trees,” said Cuwignaka, “that this place has its name.”
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 300

tree, ka-la-na

a tree with very strong yellow wood used for making bows; the fruit of the ka-la-na is used to make ka-la-na wine. Tarnsman of Gor, page 96

tree, tem-wood

in Turia, found in groves; linear, supple and black there was also, at one side of the garden, against the far wall, a grove of tem-wood, linear, black, supple. Nomads of Gor, page 15

Tree, Tur

described as reddish and large-trunked, it is found in Turia. The realm of Turia is said to have taken it’s name from a solitary Tur tree found planted long ago on the plains.

there was one large-trunked, reddish Tur tree, about which curled its assemblage of Tur-Pah, a vinelike tree parasite with curled, scarlet, ovate leaves, rather lovely to look upon; the leaves of the Tur-Pah incidentally are edible and figure in certain Gorean dishes, such as sullage, a kind of soup; long ago, I had heard, a Tur tree was found on the prairie, near a spring, planted perhaps long before by someone who passed by; it was from that Tur tree that the city of Turia took its name Nomads of Gor, page 217


a vine-like tree parasite with curled, scarlet, ovate leaves which are edible and an ingredient of sullage, a Gorean soup.

He watched with some fascination as beads of water formed on the leaves of rock-climbing Turpah, a parasitic but edible growth commonly adhering to the bark of the Tur tree.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Pages 202 – 203

Veminium, Desert

small, purplish flower found in the Tahari; used to make perfume oil for hand washing.

I smelled Veminium oil.

The petals of Veminium, the “Desert Veminium,” purplish, as opposed to the “Thentis Veminium,” bluish, which flower grows at the edge of the Tahari, gathered in shallow baskets and carried to a still, are boiled in water. The vapor which boils off is condensed into oil. This oil is used to perfume water. This water is not drunk but is used in middle and upper-class homes to rinse the eating hand, before and after the evening meal.
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Pages 50 – 51

Veminium, Thentis

a bluish wildflower commonly found on the lower ranges of the Thentis mountains; used in perfumes. The atmosphere of the pool was further charged with the fragrance of Veminium, a kind of bluish wild flower commonly found on the lower slopes of the Thentis range Assassin of Gor, page 163

Verr Grass

a brownish grass that grows, stubbornly, in the shaded spots of the Tahari.

On the shaded sides of some rocks, and the shaded slopes of hills, here and there, grew stubborn, brownish patches of verr grass. Tribesmen of Gor, page 71