I am hoping some kind soul can please help me with the name of this collection, or at least the title of one of the stories so I can hunt it down on a used book site.
It was a paperback in the local library back in the 1970's, although the book may have been older.
One story was about a man stranded on an alien world where the plants instead of being generally green were red or orange or something. The only green on the whole planet came from his laser pistol which produced a green flash. His only companion was a local animal that rested on his shoulder like "a woman's hand", and he would tell it endless stories about green earth.
The other story that might have been in it was about some people who crash landed on a planetoid and met another stranded person who tended the plant life there, which I think turned out to be sapient.
That's all I can remember. Can anyone please help?