Frosty Plumbristle

Plumboaks aren’t the only plumbo-derived trees found in the Dingus Forest area. Also descending from the Mockanary Shrub is the evercyan Frosty Plumbristle - well-adapted to the continent’s frigid southern reaches, though not far enough to breach into Dingus Tundra.

True to its genus epithet, it has developed a similar set of adaptations for contending with the brisk cold of southern Dingus Forest. Its leaves are of a dark caerulean to make the most of the subpolar sunlight it receives. To minimize exposure to snow, these leaves are also needle-like and slope downwards to ensure snow landing on it falls off easy. Compared to other Dingusian trees, Frosty Plumbristles can grow in much poorer soils, owing to its shorter height and Nitropellet-housing roots spreading outward to make the most of the meager ground; this makes it a mid-succession flora.

As with other plumbos, the Frosty Plumbristle is supported with a lead-reinforced woody trunk, and grows its foliage in repeating layers.

In the brief summers the Frosty Plumbristle enjoys, tiny yellow flowers grow from its apex which incite nearby male canarflora to transfer their gametes to the flowers of another plumbristle. By autumn, a seed-like spore develops and is carried far by the wind. The seed coat is thick to ensure the spore withstands the long, brisk winter, and by the warmth of spring a sapling is ready to emerge.