Dandy Nomweed

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The Dandy Nomweed originated from a population of Nomweeds what were blown into Beans as spores. Isolated from the rest of the ancestral populations, these Nomweeds have become genetically distinct.

The Dandy Nomweed’s heart is located at the base of the stem, close to the soil. This base is surrounded with silicate-reinforced thorns to offer decent protection against whatever is around seeking to eat it; thanks to the high silica content of Beans soils, these flora can easily maintain their thorns.

Right above the heart are the flora’s leaves and sporophore. The leaves can grow quite wide when conditions are sufficiently moist and there’s little risk of desiccation. This means that populations in the interior forest tend to have much wider leaves than patches found in beaches; there, leaves are much narrower to minimize water loss as to cope with the greater exposure to salt.

Dandy Nomweed roots extend relatively deep and somewhat wide to attain nutrients and provide anchorage. To ensure further acquisition of essential nutrients, these roots house cultures of Nitropellet species - fixing certain nitrogenous compounds into more useable forms.

Like their Dingusian cousins, Dandy Nomweeds possess a high-set sporophore, which sends gametes into the wind en-route to a receptive sporophore. Once the gametes have conjugated, spores are formed which will hopefully settle someplace conducive to their germination and development. Alternatively, clone Dandy Nomweeds can bud from parent runners should there be enough space and resources.