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Alectophyllum molle - hairy rooster plant
|Behind the scenes|
The roosterhead would be impossible for to flourish on Earth because the higher gravity would crush it entirely. The roosterhead’s giant coil of bright red and green leaves fanning out from the central stem are startling as they undulate in the breeze. Because of the covering of soft trichomes on the entire surface of the shoot, the roosterhead is used for nesting, hiding and foraging for food by many species of small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. The folded leaves often house a variety of fauna which use the plant for protection. The flowers that are enclosed by the leaves are pollinated by these animals which eat the giant pollen grains but do not overeat in order to protect their home. Each folded leaf thus houses a small unique ecosystem inside.
The large soft leaves are also used by the Na'vi to make clothing and coverings as well as by various animals for nesting in.
- Pandorapedia - Alectophyllum molle article