|Scientific name||a-Kanten ab-Linten ab-Siqul ul-Nish|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Created by||David Brin|
Kanten are one of the rare plant-based sapient species. Usually compared to a giant broccoli by humans, Kanten have dark green and blue leaves tipped with silver crystals that tinkle like windchimes. They have a blow-hole like opening at the top and little other distinguishing features. Without a face to focus on humans are often uncomfortable when speaking with a Kanten.