I have several friends here who have varying levels of interaction with plants and their needs and ecosystems, so I figured I’d put this out there as a sort of discussion thing and see where it goes (actually, I don’t know many people on Tumblr, but I’m cross posting this a couple of other places).
Today I’m working on a character bio for a plant species who has over centuries of evolution and modification has developed a survival mechanism that allows it to communicate and interact with humans. It walks, talks, and is not rooted to the ground - somewhat epiphytic. It is less a plant and more of an organization of plant, fungal, and microbial systems into functioning organs that allow it to speak and move - a walking ecosystem.
The basis for this was a need to make a character less magical (an inanimate scarecrow come to life is so Wizard of Oz, and lots of things once thought magical are now explained by science), and more scientifically possible. I also really, really, really loved Swamp Thing (comics, not movies), and “Secret Life Of Plants."
Anyway, today I will be exploring plant consciousness. Goin’ into the Green. I am on my Google search right now, and this evening I have a ton of yardwork, so there will be some hands on study and note-taking before writing. I’m putting this out there to find out if anyone has read or studied this topic, and if they can give me some direction.