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Clevandodendron (often colloquially referred to as "thistle", "desert thorn" or "desert shrub") is a small, hardy plant appearing as a map object in Carnivores.


Clevandodendron is a lycopsid, part of a group of plants which were very common during the Paleozoic era and which include modern-day club mosses and quillworts. It is known from fossils dating back to the Devonian period. A single plant consists of three stalks covered in hardy scales, growing from a single X-shaped stigmarian root. The two smaller stalks of the plant each split into two spore-bearing cones, while the larger stalk splits first into two branches, and each branch splits into two cones. This plant is extremely hardy and appears to be very adaptable to conditions less favorable for other plants, such as deserts, beaches and rocky terrain.

Official appearances[]

In Carnivores, Clevandodendron appears to be one of the most common small plants. Two variants of the plant are known to exist, a red variant found in "The Woods of Turan Choks", "Basmachee Rocks", "The Ancient Temple", "The Pyramids of Shmu-Hadron" and "The Great Lake", and an orange variant found only in "Basmachee Rocks". Both variants are notably absent from "The Jungles of Gravitsappa". Due to its hardy nature, this plant may have been avoided by most herbivores on the planet, with the possible exception of Triceratops - a dinosaur known to feed on tough vegetation.

Like many plants and map objects from the first Carnivores game, Clevandodendron does not officially appear in any subsequent Carnivores title.

A possibly recolored Clevandodendron does appear to have been used in a prototype version of a Carnivores Ice Age map. It, along with the other plants found in the prototype screenshot, no longer exists in the final game.