Hairy-Rooted Kammreed

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While some populations of Saltynom that arrived on Kamm evolved to live further inland, others adapted to live in the brackish water found at the mouths of Kamm's river systems. This led to the evolution of the Hairy-Rooted Kammreed, which has convergently evolved some traits seen in their distant relative, the Gillnom.

In many ways the taxon has not changed too much, with blade-like fronds that grow in dense clusters to minimize salt-induced water loss. The marine salt itself is expelled via a subtly exposed layer of hair-like roots; this is denoted by a ring of salt around the growing patch of an individual Hairy-Rooted Kammreed if they are on land, though the individuals that are submerged lack these rings since the salt gets washed away. While the lead is reduced in number compared to their ancestor since lead is not as abundant on Kamm as it is on Dingus, the Hairy-Rooted Kammreed still uses a decent amount of lead structure support in the base of each frond so it does not tear off from strong winds or powerful waves beating against it.

Much like the Gillnom, the Hairy-Rooted Kammreed has their extensive root systems partially exposed and covered in specialized hairs that are adapted to extract as much oxygen as they can from the water they grow in. These root-gills allow the Hairy-Rooted Kammreed to thrive within Kamm's intertidal zone, where few other groups of large flora are able to make a permanent living. While they can survive in the freshwater habitats of Kamm, they don't exactly thrive and their lifespans are often shorter than those growing along the coast. Since the river system gets cold enough to freeze over during Kamm's winter months, the Hairy-Rooted Kammreed has anti-freezing compounds to prevent their tissues from freezing and dying. The Hairy-Rooted Kammreed has also shrunk in size compared to their ancestor, so they require less resources to survive.

Typical of a nomherb, the Hairy-Rooted Kammreed deposits gametes and spores alike into the wind, which will often be carried quite far. Much like its ancestor and relatives, the Hairy-Rooted Kammreed's sporophore bears four insporescences to maximize potential of spreading spores. While most spores carried far off are destined to plop straight into the ocean, typically becoming mere morsels for pelagic fauna or growing into small saplings that never reach maturity, many get pushed back towards the beach by powerful waves and thus grow into new Hairy-Rooted Kammreeds. The species is also capable of budding clones from runners when there is enough space.