Fringefrond Beardnom

The newly-developing ecologies of interior Kamm are prime real estate for distinct forms of flora to evolve, and with the acclimation of the local soils, it is inevitable that further successions of flora will get a roothold here. One such line of flora first settled here when some Saltynom spores were blown far inland. In an environment not quite like home Dingus, it seemed rather easy for this population to diverge from their ancestral stock and explode in great numbers, becoming the Fringefrond Beardnom.

The Fringefrond Beardnom assumes its niche as an early-mid succession shrubby flora - hardy and able to grow somewhat quickly before larger, sturdier flora move in and stake their dominance. Lending to its name is the profuse fuzz found on its stem, composed from a combination of lignaceous nodules and old fronds, the latter eventually falling off and contributing to the nourishment of the soil. Live fronds are grown in repeating whorls, with more established fronds growing long and wide to maximize photosynthetic area with younger fronds developing in the whorl directly above. In lieu of lead-dense frond bases, this nomherb’s fronds are fringed, allowing wind to pass through with minimal damage, if at all.

Roots of the Fringefrond Beardnom house cultures of Nitropellet, serving a crucial role in extracting and processing precious nitrogenous compounds from the soil for their host to incorporate. Although no longer battered by salty maritime wind spray, the Fringefrond Beardnom retains a few holdovers from its ancestry in the form of a tolerance for poor, salty soils, and a more distributed concentration of lead. With lead no longer concentrated so much within frond bases, it is instead primarily accumulated within the flora’s stem, which is still enough to withstand the odd mob of Radfting mamal rove through their groves.

Among populations within the cooler climatic areas of Kamm Forest, Fringefrond Beardnom fronds take on a purple coloration as autumn approaches, then becoming mauve-taupe before winter, at which point they turn pale and eerie. Their vibrant cyan coloration eventually returns with the onset of spring.

Like its ancestry, the Fringefrond Beardnom sends a sporophore high into the air from which gametes ride wind currents to receptive other sporophores. Once conjugated, the sporophore then sends fertile spores into the air, which will hopefully be carried far enough away to settle and germinate in lands away from their parents. Alternatively, given the space and access to resources, clones can be bud off from runners.