Pure Fiction But We Wish It Was Real: D is for Delvian

One of my favorite aliens is the graceful and mysterious Delvian Zhaan from Farscape. If only her species were real. Here’s what makes them special.

Zhaan is a Delvian. They are a humanoid sentient plant species that’s capable of movement.  

They have bluish white hair or go bald. Their colored skin comes from chloroplast tintation. Their skin is covered with yellow stomata that transmit water into their systems. 

It is said that they  have cartilaginous fibers instead of bone which is why Zhaan seems to move with fluidity and grace. Her species has tuperadinous cellulose tissue, and regenerative fascia membrane. 

Delvians live for a very long time. During the show she mentions that 800 cycles is considered mid-life.

Now it may seem weird but the idea of being part plant and part humanoid is fascinating. I’ve always considered myself partial to the sun’s rays. What about you?

If you were a plant what kind would you be?

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T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.


  1. I haven’t thought about Farscape in a long time and now you have me wanting to revisit it. I love Delvian, and would delight in being a plant humanoid hybrid. Just thinking about it has me wanting to stretch for the sun and gracefully twist and bend in the breeze. I’d want to be a wonderfully scented variety, and lushly blossoming so perhaps I’d opt to be a peony.

  2. When I had cable TV I watched it. Farscape was a good show. If I could be any plant, I’d be an oak tree, but planted from from humans.

    1. Good choice. I’ve always been partial to apples but the petals on a purple rose make me happiest. I’m still torn.

  3. Boy, being a plant! A kelp maybe? For staying in the water, and traveling ;))

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