LeafWings are one of the three tribes, alongside SilkWings and HiveWings, that inhabit the continent of Pantala. They are the only living tribe that was mentioned in the Legend of the Hive. They typically have green and brown scales, with some accent colors such as gold and red. They have wings that are shaped like leaves. It is rumored that LeafWings can absorb sunlight, and most are accomplished gardeners. Some are rumored to have a strange control over plants, an allusion to the tribe's special leafspeak abilities.
In The Lost Continent, the LeafWings were believed by the SilkWings and most of the HiveWings to have been exterminated during the Tree Wars. Many of the Hives are filled with propaganda posters depicting LeafWings as vicious, cruel, and terrifying. Queen Wasp antagonized them so much that all of the trees, believed to be symbolic of the LeafWings, were destroyed after the Tree Wars, and trees are banned by HiveWing law from being included in artwork.
In The Hive Queen, Sundew stated that the PoisonWings were planning to restart the Tree Wars, and that the surviving LeafWings currently live in the Poison Jungle. They began their mission by burning Bloodworm Hive.
LeafWings can be various shades of green and brown, even to the point of being nearly black in color. They can also sometimes have golden or pink-ish streaks over their bodies and wings. They also have webbed spines along their neck and back, similar to a SeaWing. The webbing along their back splits into individual pieces near the base of the tail, which are shaped like leaves. Their snout is slightly curved, with a raised ridge on the tip of their snout.
LeafWings have a flat, plated tail, ending in a leaf-shaped oval at the tip. Their wings are leaf-like, playing directly into their name-sake. They're also slightly transparent, with veins in the webbing and rounded edges. Their horns appear to be skinny and flat-ended, and the scales above their eyes go over the top of their horns, giving it a partially plated look.
Their scales are uneven, vaguely resembling chloroplasts and plant cells. They have a plated underbelly and a slender body shape. Their legs seem to be slightly short and thin. Their eyes can be green or brown.
The PoisonWings have been seen carrying leaf or grass pouches containing deadly plants and insects. These pouches are attached to the dragon's body with harnesses made out of vines, leaves, or grass.
LeafWings are omnivores. The sun gives them energy, allowing them to eat infrequently.[event 1] They consume animals in the Poison Jungle, such as panthers and capybaras, and fruit such as mangoes. LeafWings also consume bugs such as grasshoppers and snails, usually as a snack or treat. They have also been confirmed as somewhat autotrophic. Sundew feeds Bumblebee mangoes, capybara, and snails, which shows that LeafWings are omnivorous. Sundew also ate a bowl of taro and sugared grasshoppers, which may imply that some LeafWings can cook.
LeafWings can absorb energy from sunlight, and are accomplished gardeners. They may possess leafspeak, which allows dragons to understand plants. Leafspeakers may convince plants to grow at an accelerated rate, or in a certain way, thought they cannot produce them from nothing. As leafspeak is genetic, selective breeding may be employed to achieve stronger leafspeak abilities; two leafspeakers may produce a dragonet with stronger leafspeak than either of them.
After the events of the Tree Wars, the tribe split into two, half staying loyal to Queen Sequoia and wanting to lay low and isolate themselves until Wasp's death, the other half uniting under Sundew's grandmother and swearing revenge against the HiveWings for destroying their trees. Each splinter faction claims to be the "real LeafWings," calling the others a separate tribe.
The violent LeafWings were dubbed "PoisonWings" by the isolationists for being needlessly violent and naming their own after dangerous plants. Commander Belladonna is the former ruler of the PoisonWings, though she is currently controlled by the othermind. She often assigned important missions, including one that ultimately led to the Burning of Bloodworm Hive. She planned for Sundew to marry Mandrake in order to breed more leafspeak dragonets so that they can become part of the PoisonWing community and help fight in war.
The SapWings are peaceful LeafWings who seek for balance in unity and understanding instead of violence. Queen Sequoia was their former leader. Though the peaceful SapWings were often called spineless and brainless by the PoisonWings, they are shown to be more open-minded than the militaristic PoisonWings and less strict, unlike their rival.
The two factions bear animosity against each other for their methods and ideas, but Sequoia and Commander Belladonna did occasionally hold meetings in secret.
LeafWings are also told that SilkWings were not allowed to go to school.
LeafWings were named after different types of trees that are found in forests and woods before the Tree Wars. After the Tree Wars, the LeafWings split into the PoisonWings and SapWings. The factions have a very stark difference in their naming systems. PoisonWings are named after poisonous plants; although some are named after carnivorous plants, or plants poisonous to smaller animals, such as Sundew, Nettle, Cobra Lily and Mandrake. SapWings are named after trees.
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- RainWings and LeafWings are related, and some RainWings traveled to Pantala in the past.[event 2]
- Tui created the LeafWings by expanding on the idea of GrassWings.[event 3]
- LeafWings use jungle ingredients for bookbinding. For example, sap is used for glue, tree fiber is used for threads, and book covers are made of bark with flowers as dye. They also use firefly lamps as a source of light.
- The PoisonWings have tribe feasts.
- LeafWings have some connection with fire, as Nettle has stated that they could have been home cooking the panther already if Wolfsbane had let her kill it instead of Mandrake.