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Are there any plants on Tatooine? If not, what do the animals at the bottom of the food chain eat?

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OK, now ask if there are any wild plants on Tatooine. – Politank-Z Feb 11 at 23:26
    
@Politank-Z Exactly. But should that be a separate question, or should I edit this one? – CHEESE Feb 11 at 23:28
    
Are we limiting 'plants' to what we biologically define as plants? Or does something we would classify as 'fungi' count? – CBredlow Feb 11 at 23:28
    
@CHEESE : I think I've answered your question both ways. See update to answer. – Praxis Feb 11 at 23:29
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I was kind of disappointed to discover that the Sarlacc was an animal, not a carnivorous plant. – T.E.D. Feb 12 at 14:52
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Above, we see various plants at the Lars homestead, where Luke grew up.

Also, according to the official Star Wars databank, Tatooine consists of deserts, canyons, and mesas. Mesas typically have low-lying shrubbery and grasses, due to water flowing close to the surface between soft shale layers.

For reference, here is a mesa in New Mexico:

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Finally, here are some wild shrubs spotted on Tatooine:

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Nice find. Who knows if the Tatooine ones do have wild plants, though? – CHEESE Feb 11 at 23:32
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I think comparing Tattooine desert to the New Mexico desert may be like comparing apples to oranges. It'd be better to compare to the Sahara or Gobi deserts (especially since it was filmed in Tunisia). – CBredlow Feb 11 at 23:33
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@CBredlow : I'm not comparing deserts. The Star Wars Databank mentions mesas on Tatooine. – Praxis Feb 11 at 23:35
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At least Luke knows where to go if he ever runs into the Knights who say Ni. – jpmc26 Feb 12 at 7:10
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BTW, a mesa is a structure of land, literally translated to 'table' because it's flat on top. It has nothing to do with having plants. There are many mesas in Arches Nat'l. Park that have little to no plants. There are mesas on Mars as well because they happen anywhere you have an elevated area of flat compacted sand/sandstone eroded away on at least one side by water. A one sided 'canyon' would be the minimal case. – fractalspawn Feb 12 at 22:09

We also know that fungi grows in Tattooine, mostly on the moisture vaporators. In Attack of the Clones, Shmi was captured by the Tusken Raiders when she was out picking mushrooms that grew on the vaporators.

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Do you have a picture? – CHEESE Feb 11 at 23:33
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@CHEESE no picture, just relying on the words mentioned by Clegg Lars in that movie. – CBredlow Feb 11 at 23:34
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That's fine, I don't need one – CHEESE Feb 11 at 23:35
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Fungi aren't plants, but they do grow on decaying biological matter, so there must be something else living out there. Or maybe this is Space Biology, and our earth classifications don't apply. – user867 Feb 12 at 4:51
    
@user867 we discussed this in the comments for the question itself, and agreed to allow fungi even though they are technically not plants – CBredlow Feb 12 at 16:57

In addition to the other answers, Wookieepedia cites Star Wars 7: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi: "The Last of His Breed" as a canon source for the existence of a plant native to Tatooine which produces a black melon.

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The melon contains a milk which Tusken Raiders and humans can drink (and presumably other animals).

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Now, since melons are plants from Earth, how would Tusken raiders or humans from Tatooine know what a melon is? – Drunken Code Monkey Feb 12 at 20:09
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Because someone who spoke English pointed at one and said "hey, that's a melon." – greg Feb 12 at 20:46
    
+1 This is the best answer because it specifically points out a native plant that is consumed by natives (giving it historical context). The shrubs in Praxis' answer are good as well, but this one specifically mentions the plant, and even provides a history for it. It's not a decoration or random prop on a set with no mention. – fractalspawn Feb 12 at 22:18
    
@DrunkenCodeMonkey: since SW universe is set in a far away galaxy a long time ago, how do you know that "Melons" weren't brought to Earth by a member of that galaxy first? Maybe the lack of 2 extra stars made the black melon lose its "melon-in" (pun) and became the cantaloupe or honey-dew the way that humans also became lighter with less UV radiation. – fractalspawn Feb 12 at 22:25

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