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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2019 7:11 a.m. PST

Hello everyone,

Someone knows a factory that sells prehistoric flora in plastic on the scale of the 25 / 32mm figurines?

Thank you

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2019 8:51 a.m. PST

I don't recall ever encountering a vendor who made/carried prehistoric fauna, per see. The people whom I have seen gaming dinosaurs and cavemen have engaged in a fair amount of, "if it looks right, AOK."

Try aquarium companies. They make lots of plastic aquatic plants that look suitably exotic in a terrestrial setting. The downside here is cost. This stuff can be a bit pricey.

Scour the greens aisles in the crafts stores (Michael's, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, etc) There will be lots of stuff that will look pretty all right with 28mm. Remember, ferns were once the big thing in 'zoic gardening.

Don't forget to scope out the dollar stores. They often have inexpensive greens that can be usable.

Just today I have been to 3 Dollar Trees scoring Queen Anne's lace plants that disassemble easily into elements that make great flower beds.

Let your imagination soar.

Striker07 Jul 2019 9:13 a.m. PST

I second what KPinder said, I haven't seen anything specific for gamers but Michaels did carry trees and they were with their plastic dinos. I have a bunch of terrain for prehistoric and it's those trees and lots of craft store plastic plants. You can get them in 1 footx1 foot squares.

JimDuncanUK07 Jul 2019 9:34 a.m. PST

Just don't use grass as nature hadn't invented it at the time of the dinosaurs.

Moonbeast07 Jul 2019 9:55 a.m. PST

Not plastic, but this is the only thing I've found for pre-historic flora. Cycads and Clubmoss trees.


HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2019 1:47 p.m. PST

In Michael's, be sure to check out what they call their succulents. They're more rubbery than plastic, but look fine on the table as megaflora.

Michael's carries lines of small miniatures, bicycles and gas grills and gnomes and such. Tiny Treasures, Fairy Garden, Darice, probably others. It seems like they rotate. Mostly useless, but they did have some with carded foluage. One had 2 cycads on a card. Probably long out of stock, but it proves the value of diligent searching.

+1 Striker. The Michael's squares are more 10" square, but who is quibbling. The best part of those squares is that they are modular. There are/we're about 10 different varieties of foliage on those squares. Since they are modular you can swap parts and create a really varied greenery. More jungle than 'zoic, but it's worth a look.

Especially check Michael's in Sept Oct. They sell off their summer greens at 70% off. BOO YAH!

And, there's always China…


DyeHard07 Jul 2019 1:49 p.m. PST

Not all plastic, but I have a how-to on making modern Cycads.
Maybe more work than you want but the cost is very low.


Here is the link

This how-to is very old, but I suspect the bits are still all out there.
Also dirt cheep basic plant: link

Some of the other guides might also be of use:

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2019 9:48 p.m. PST

Thank you all,

The dinosaurs were present from the middle of Ladinien (last floor of the Middle Triassic), about 240 million years ago, they disappear almost entirely during the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction 66 million years ago.

Triassic flora:

In terrestrial plants, the survivors of the Permian-Triassic boundary, which are the lycophytes, still dominate in the lower Triassic before giving way to cycads, ginkgophyta (which are now only represented by Ginkgo biloba) and glossopterides. Then the spermatophytes, or seed plants will dominate the flora and in the northern hemisphere the conifers will multiply.

Jurassic flora:

The arid conditions of the Triassic decline regularly during the Jurassic, especially at high latitudes; the hot and humid climate allows the development of lush jungles that cover a large part of the land. The conifers continue to dominate the flora, they constitute the most diversified group and the majority of the trees. They include Araucariaceae, Cephalotaxaceae, Pinaceae, Podocarpaceae, Taxaceae and Taxodiaceae as well as the now extinct groups of Cheirolepidiaceae and Bennettitales at lower latitudes. Cycadophytes, Ginkgoaceae, Cyatheals and ferns are also common. Ginkgos are mainly present in mid-latitudes and in the northern hemisphere, while Podocarpaceae occur in the southern hemisphere.

Cretaceous flora:

The angiosperms extend but become dominant only from the end of the Cretaceous, during the Campanian. Their dissemination is aided by the appearance of bees insect-angiosperm relations are a good example of coevolution. The first representatives of leafy trees: figs, magnolias and Platanaceae, appear during the Cretaceous. Triassic gymnosperms, such as conifers, continue to grow. The Bennettitales that appeared during the Triassic died out towards the end of the Cretaceous. The plants are modernizing, although the herbs do not evolve until the end of this period.

There is only to find this in miniatures…

Good luck…

gavandjosh0208 Jul 2019 4:21 a.m. PST

Try Collecta who make plastic dinosaurs, amongst other things. I have several of their plants. Other plastic dino producers may also make some.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2019 11:05 p.m. PST

Good idea !

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