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I'm growling and hissing, although denied

A mortar and pestle are kept nearby

I wriggle and writhe

For I'm quite alive

Ensuring the fauna can grow and survive

I reach with my fingers and feel the wave

The master of many a hoggish knave

To roam, I'm not keen

Equator's my scene

I live on the isles and slither 'cross beans

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I'm growling and hissing, although denied

A mortar and pestle are kept nearby

I wriggle and writhe

For I'm quite alive

Ensuring the fauna can grow and survive

I reach with my fingers and feel the wave

The master of many a hoggish knave

To roam, I'm not keen

Equator's my scene

I live on the isles and slither 'cross beans

i think the answer is lava

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Not heading in the right direction yet

I fear I may have made this too abstruse if the BrainDeners haven't nailed it

It does admittedly call for a bit of not-quite-so-common knowledge for one of the clues

But not the whole riddle

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I'm growling and hissing, although denied

A mortar and pestle are kept nearby

I wriggle and writhe

For I'm quite alive

Ensuring the fauna can grow and survive

I reach with my fingers and feel the wave

The master of many a hoggish knave

To roam, I'm not keen

Equator's my scene

I live on the isles and slither 'cross beans

I'm quite stumped, but it's one of the most beautiful and well written riddles I've seen in a long time. Words are SO well chosen.

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the answer doesn't fall in the "vegetable" category

I don't know why it must fall into a vegetable category, perhaps because of the survival/mortar and pestle, but that's not why I thought it wouldn't fit. Flora is not flowers, it's all natural plant life on the earth.

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Just to make sure that this is not the wrong direction - fingers are not cilia, and the answer has little to do with biology?

Aha, another biologist has come along!

You're following the right track. I suspect this riddle riddle's time is nigh.

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