Mockanary Shrub

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The canarflora have proved to be a worthy match in the race to become the most dominant flora on Dingus, swiftly usurping much of the large floral niches; now with the extinction of the distantly-related piss balloon flora, this is emphasized more than ever. Nonetheless, nomflora diversity has not faltered any under their dominance (perhaps due to them nourishing on different wavelengths of light), many of which easily cohabitating with their groves. There is even a species that exploits canarflora, as is the case of the Mockanary Shrub.

While other nomflora utilize the wind to disperse their gametes, the Mockanary Shrub is novel in that it utilizes fauna-based dispersal, in this case being the males of various canarflora species. Its sporophores have adapted into flowers bearing a passing resemblance to the beaks of female canarflora - complete with a bold, golden coloration; these contain gametes which male canarflora carry to other, receptive flowers. Noticing the strange structures which resemble canarflora flowers, the boys become compelled to give these mimics a tender, good time, totally unaware they’re being duped by the rival floral taxon. Gametes that have conjugated with their recipients will develop into a spore covered in a resistant seed-like coat, becoming a new shrub once in a suitable location.

Like the Plumbush, the Mockanary Shrub is dense in foliage, roots that contain cultures of nitrogen-fixing Asshole Cells, and possesses a tough, lignaceous trunk. Populations can incorporate varying amounts of lead in their tissues depending on the density of local radfauna populations.

The original, uncolored image of the Mockanary Shrub.