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The subject of this article is from the NEXT update.
The information from this article is up-to-date as of 28 October, 2018.
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Flora is scannable plant life.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Flora is the procedurally generated, scannable plant life occurring on a planet in No Man's Sky. Grass is generally considered backdrop and not part of the scannable flora. On many toxic and radioactive planets, small mushrooms may take the place of grass and are also unscannable. The type of plant life depends upon what kind of planet the flora is living on.

Most species can be mined using the Multi-tool for Carbon and some species can be picked for special elements. The scanner will indicate which resource you will get. For a list of plants containing special elements see resource,

Flora can be renamed and uploaded for Nanite Clusters. There is no indication how many different flora species are on a planet and scanning them does not count towards completing zoology efforts.

Some flora are hazardous and will hurt the player if they step too close.

Scan Data[edit | edit source]

The plant's properties don't seem to have an effect on the gameplay aside from Primary Element and Secondary Element. Note that Age, Primary Element, and Secondary Element cannot be viewed in the Discoveries log.

  • Age
  • Root Structure
  • Nutrient Source
  • Notes
  • Primary Element
  • Secondary Element

Age[edit | edit source]

Age is data from scanned plants. It does not seem to determine the size of a plant, as very large trees can still be "several days" old, and very small flora can still be "millennia."

  • Ancient
  • Fresh
  • Mature
  • Millennia
  • Perpetual
  • Seasoned
  • Several days

Root Structure[edit | edit source]

Root Structure is data from scanned plants. The player cannot actually see the root structure of flora on the flora model. Root structure can be viewed in a species's collection logs.

  • Balanced
  • Capacious
  • Concentrated
  • Efficient
  • Extensive
  • Grasping
  • Independent
  • Invasive
  • Obtuse
  • Simple
  • Substantial
  • Symbiotic
  • Transferrable
  • Unsupported

Nutrient Source[edit | edit source]

Nutrient source is data from scanned flora. They do not seem to actually correspond to the environment and are thus random. For example, a plant with "gamma rays" may not be on a world with high radioactivity, a plant with "atmospheric moisture" may not be on a world with much or any moisture, and a plant with "carnivorous" may not be on a world with any fauna. Nutrient source can be viewed in a species's collection logs.

  • Air Leeching
  • Atmospheric Moisture
  • Buried Carbon
  • Buried Treasure
  • Carnivorous
  • Conjuration
  • Free Radicals
  • Fungal Symbiosis
  • Gamma Rays
  • Gas Cloud
  • Other Plants
  • Soil Recycling
  • Sublimated Nitrogen
  • Sunlight
  • Ultraviolet Radiation

Notes[edit | edit source]

Notes are extra data on scanned flora. They do not seem to actually correspond to the environment nor the plants model and are thus random. For example, a tree with "luminous bulbs" may not actually glow, a bush with "delicate flowers" may not have any flowers, and a plant with "drought resistant" may not be on a planet void of water or rain. Notes can be viewed in a species's collection logs.

  • Combustible Fruits
  • Delicate Flowers
  • Drought Resistant
  • Extraterrestrial
  • Flowers Once
  • Grasslike Seeds
  • Hallucinogenic Bark
  • Hidden Tentacles
  • High Metal Content
  • Internal Branches
  • Irresistible Seeds
  • Luminous Bulbs
  • Paralyzing Spores
  • Rapid Reproduction
  • Self-pollinating
  • Slow Growing
  • Wind-blown Seeds

Primary Element[edit | edit source]

This is the main element that the plant will give the player when mined. This element is usually carbon. Primary Element cannot be viewed in a species's collection logs.

Secondary Element[edit | edit source]

Some plants will give the player a small amount of a second element when mined. Secondary Element cannot be viewed in a species's collection logs.

Rarity[edit | edit source]

Note: This information is unverified in the NEXT update.

The upload of discovered flora is rewarded with units depending on rarity.

  • Common, 500 Units

Flora types[edit | edit source]

Most of the flora can be generally classified into 6 major types:

  • "Mushroom" type
  • "Bulb flower" type
  • "Tree" type
  • "Fern" type
  • "Coral Fan" type
  • "Hazardous" type

Most flora-existent planets have variations of the major types, either in size, shapes, colours or details. Many have variations of the same type on the same planet.

Additional information[edit | edit source]

  • A template for uploading flora can be found here.
  • According to estimates from Sean Murray, life, mainly plants, will be found on roughly one out of ten planets and larger creatures on one planet in a hundred.[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Rougeau, Michael (10 January 2015). Not even the guys who coded No Man’s Sky know what will happen when they play. Digital Trends. Retrieved 19 May 2016.