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 or red and wings that are shaped like leaves. It is rumored that LeafWings can absorb sunlight, and most are accomplished gardeners. Some are rumored to even 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. They were so antagonized by Queen Wasp 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 have green and/or brown and sometimes golden or pink-ish scales all over their bodies, along with leaf-like patterns. They appear to 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, similar to a SkyWing's, with a raised ridge on the tip of their snout.
They also have a flat tail, ending in a leaf shape. Their wings are also leaf-like, and slightly transparent, with leaf veins in the webbing and their wings in the form of branches, complementing their name. The edges of their wings are rounded, giving it a very leaf-like look. Their horns appear to be skinny and flat-ended, almost like leaves. The scales atop 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 orange-gold, 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 or grass.
LeafWings are omnivores. 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 confirms that LeafWings are omnivorous. Sundew also eats a bowl of taro and sugared grasshoppers, which confirms that LeafWings can cook.
LeafWings can absorb sunlight in a process called photosynthesis, just like real-life plants. They are said to have been accomplished gardeners and it is rumored some have unusual control over plants. They have exceptional knowledge over plants, seeming that they used certain plants and arthropods as weapons against other dragons, such as bullet ants or venomous centipedes. It has been shown that some can understand the language of plants, and convince them to grow at an accelerated rate. This trait, dubbed "leafspeak," is genetic, as shown by Sundew, who was selectively bred by Hemlock and Belladonna, who were the strongest leafspeaks of their generation. Sundew also stated that she can make most plants grow at the 'speed of an erupting volcano,' but can't make them appear out of thin air. Some LeafWings can swim, such as Willow, although they always check the water first to make sure it has no dangerous plants or animals such as waterwheels.
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, while the activists called the isolationists "SapWings" for being soft and spineless. 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 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, Cobra Lily and Mandrake. SapWings are named after trees, as mentioned by Willow.
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- LeafWings are the only Pantalan tribe to have one pair of wings.
- LeafWings were initially thought to be the first extinct tribe in the series, (as they were mentioned before the BeetleWings) although it was later revealed they are not extinct and were hiding in the Poison Jungle.
- Tui confirmed that when Clearsight first got to Pantala, LeafWings were the dominant tribe on the continent.
- RainWings and LeafWings were confirmed by Tui to be related, and some RainWings traveled to Pantala in the past.
- A few years before The Lost Continent was announced, rumors went around that there was a "GrassWings" tribe on the second continent. This rumor might have been partially true with the introduction of LeafWings.
- Tui confirmed that she had created the LeafWings by expanding on the idea of GrassWings.
- The PoisonWings have tribe feasts.
- It is revealed LeafWings know what scavengers are, as Sundew referred to them as such instead of reading monkeys; however, this could just be a mistake on Tui's part.
- LeafWings also have some connection with the 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.
- The Lost Continent, page 170
- The Poison Jungle, page 61
- The Poison Jungle, page 18
- The Poison Jungle, page 25
- The Poison Jungle, page 150
- The Poison Jungle, page 79
- The Poison Jungle, page 78-79
- The Poison Jungle, page 27
- The Poison Jungle, page 90
- The Poison Jungle, page 26