The Book of Ages

Influences: Woodland Pets

Have you ever wondered where the magical creatures of Neopia come from? Perhaps you've even thought that a few of them look familiar, but you just can't place from where. Search no more! Below we've assembled all of the Woodland Pets in Neopia and unveiled the secrets of the forests. Curious about other pets? Check out our pages on Maraquan and Royal pets!

Special thanks to Neopians imthebadwolf and solsticesprite for their botanical expertise.

Acara

Woodland Acara

The Woodland Acara appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Aisha

Woodland Aisha

The Woodland Aisha appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Blumaroo

Woodland Blumaroo

The Woodland Blumaroo appears to have been designed with some particular flora in mind as an inspiration, but our gardening staff hasn't yet identified it. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Bori

Woodland Bori

While the Woodland Bori has no consistent characteristics that point to any particular species of plant, it most closely resembles trees in the catalpa genus. It also bears features that justify the name of "woodland" over just "plant", including stony protrusions and clumps of moss.

Cybunny

Woodland Cybunny

The Woodland Cybunny's ruff resembles a Hawai'ian lei, so the flowers might be the sonia orchid (dendrobium sonia), although any number of flowering plants, like the South African pink iceplant (delosperma cooperi), might also fit the bill.

Draik

Woodland Draik

The Woodland Draik appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Elephante

Woodland Elephante

The mighty African baobab inspired the Woodland Elephante. In particular, the species adansonia grandidieri bears a striking resemblance to the Elephante's design and palette. Fortunately, no Hissies appear to be preparing to consume these Elephantes, nor are the Elephantes threatening to break apart any asteroids.

Eyrie

Woodland Eyrie

The Woodland Eyrie appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Flotsam

Woodland Flotsam

The Woodland Flotsam's body is composed of several types of seaweed, mainly brown and green algaes from the laminaria and caulerpa genera. The protrusions on its chest may be based on sponges or other plant-like sea creatures.

Gelert

Woodland Gelert

The Woodland Gelert is likely based on the California Ash, or a similar tree in the genus fraxinus. While these plants are more well known for their propeller-shaped seeds, they also feature leaves that grow along the twig in parallel sets of two.

Grarrl

Woodland Grarrl

The Woodland Grarrl appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Grundo

Woodland Grundo

The pitfall trap leaves of the pitcher plant (particularly those of the genus nepenthes) are the perfect flora to represent the antennae of the Woodland Grundo. These carnivorous plants have been known to devour frogs alive, so you might want to separate any Nimmos.

Ixi

Woodland Ixi

The design of the Woodland Ixi is rather generic, but the flowers cloud be based on red dahlias, water lilies, or certain species of wild rose. They also bear a resemblance to some succulents, though these wouldn't grow on or near a deciduous tree.

JubJub

Woodland JubJub

The Woodland JubJub is most likely a privet (ligustrum ovalifolium). This fast-growing semi-evergreen thrives in temperate climes, requiring frequent trimming, making it the perfect choice for the JubJub's tousled topknot.

Kacheek

Woodland Kacheek

The Woodland Kacheek appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Kiko

Woodland Kiko

The Woodland Kiko's flower may be a combination of features from both terrestrial and aquatic lillies. Its leaves seem to be inspired by several unrelated plants.

Koi

Woodland Koi

The only thing we can safely say about the Woodland Koi is we are dealing with aquatic plant life. There are many possibilities: the Koi might have kelp on its face, laver for its tail, and some dulse around its hands. It's also possible TNT intended to evoke algae or coral in the Koi's design.

Kougra

Woodland Kougra

Possibly the most detailed of all the Woodland Neopets, the Woodland Kougra's intricate carving is regrettably lost in the smaller images normally seen on the site. The wood might be any wood suitable for carving, such as basswood (tilia americana).

Krawk

Woodland Krawk

The Woodland Krawk appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Lenny

Woodland Lenny

The Woodland Lenny is based on a sago palm (specifically the queen sago, or cycas rumphii), a small plant that bears a physical resemblance to palm trees. This plant was likely chosen for the similarity between the shape of its fronds and the Lenny's wings.

Lupe

Woodland Lupe

The Woodland Lupe may be based on one of several varieties of lime tree, which are known for leaves the size, shape and color of those featured in the Lupe's design.

Meerca

Woodland Meerca

The Woodland Meerca is based on the taro (colocasia esculenta) or any one of a number of related plants commonly referred to as "elephant ears". These plants grow in equatorial or other tropical regions, and are known for large, arrowhead-shaped leaves that grow on long stalks from their bulbous roots. The choice of this plant for the Meerca doesn't seem to have any special significance, being chosen specifically for how conveniently the shape matches a Meerca's body.

Mynci

Woodland Mynci

The Woodland Mynci might be based on any number of single-leafed worts, but the likeliest contender would seem to be evolvulus nummularius, sometimes known as monkey-wort. We would expect worts not to have trunks, and to grow on stones instead of on other trees, so the wooden body of the Mynci may simply be the generic brown wood used for several of the early Woodland Neopets.

Nimmo

Woodland Nimmo

The Woodland Nimmo is based on a palm tree, most likely syagrus romanzoffiana, the queen palm. While most varieties of palms have rough exteriors, the queen palm is known for its relatively smooth trunk, making it popular for landscaping. This was likely chosen for Nimmos due to their connection to Mystery Island, which some theorize is their homeland.

Peophin

Woodland Peophin

The Woodland Peophin appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Pteri

Woodland Pteri

The Woodland Pteri appears to be one of the generic Woodland pets with basic brown wood and green leaves. If you have botanical expertise, or knowledge of the artists' intent, and can help us improve this guide, please let us know!

Ruki

Woodland Ruki

The Woodland Ruki seems to be based on bambusa pervariabilis, more commonly known as sunburst bamboo. This plant has segmented yellow stalks and bunches of thin, light green leaves. Like most varieties of bamboo, it mainly grows in mountainous regions.

Scorchio

Woodland Scorchio

The Woodland Scorchio is based on eucalyptus deglupta, the rainbow eucalyptus. This tree sheds the outer layers of its bark in patches throughout the year, exposing the bright green inner layer. The uncovered patches change color over time, resulting in the tree being streaked with various colors.

Shoyru

Woodland Shoyru

The Woodland Shoyru is unmistakably modeled after the buckleyi group of genus schlumbergera, better known as the Christmas cactus. This Brazilian cactus is native to the wet forests near Rio de Janeiro, hardly a likely locale for the fiery Shoyru... or perhaps the only climate in which a Woodland Shoyru wouldn't cause a conflagration! The deep pink tepals of the Christmas cactus have been artistically tweaked, in the Woodland Shoyru, to a more iconically mix of white and red that we associate with Christmas decor.

Skeith

Woodland Skeith

The handsome Woodland Skeith is a hedge plant, possibly a boxtree (buxus sempervirens). This ornamental shrub is frequently cultivated for its use in topiary.

Tonu

Woodland Tonu

Although the Woodland Tonu's leaves resemble holly or the live coast oak, TNT has confirmed that this distinctively-coloured Neopet is based on the birch, most likely the betula pendula (the silver birch tree). This may have been chosen because its bark is similar to the Tonu's rough, wrinkled skin. Birch trees are known for the peeling that occurs in their outer bark layer, which can be seen on the Tonu's body.

Tuskaninny

Woodland Tuskaninny

The lovely plaited crown of the Woodland Tuskaninny comes from the frangipani, any one of several cultivars of the genus plumeria. If you've ever wondered about the apparent incongruity between the Tuskaninny's graceful flowers and its mismatched tail leaves, as some players did when this colour was first released, it's because the artists got the plumeria down pat.

Uni

Woodland Uni

One of the loveliest Woodland Neopets, Woodland Uni comes from the sakura, or cherry blossom tree (prunus serrulata). The cherry blossom is traditionally used to symbolize the transient nature of beauty or a wistful remembrance of things past, making it a fine choice for the beauty-obsessed unicorns.

Wocky

Woodland Wocky

The Woodland Wocky was inspired by the Chinese wisteria (wisteria sinensis). This climbing vine boasts rich cascades of blue, white, or in the Wocky's case, purple flowers. Whether the Woodland Wocky also shares the wisteria's scent of grapes, we'll have to wait and see.

Xweetok

Woodland Xweetok

Woodland Xweetoks are inspired by conifer trees, a group that includes pine, spruce, yew, and fir trees (among many others). As a variety of species in this class bear cones and have green needles, it's impossible to narrow down the exact reference (though it's likely to have been a generic 'pine' inspiration).

Yurble

Woodland Yurble

The Woodland Yurble is likely based on a willow or other "weeping" tree, known for their long, shaggy swafts of leaves. It may also be based on a fir tree or any number of thin-leaved bushes, though the art style makes identification difficult.

Zafara

Woodland Zafara

The Woodland Zafara is based on trees with peeling bark such as sycamores and stewartias; its strongest resemblance is to stewartia pseudocamellia, the Japanese stewartia tree sometimes known as deciduous camellia. These trees have a distinctive dappled or camouflage-like appearance to their bark, caused by the peeling and flaking of outer bark layers.

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