Pipetrunk Turdhurb

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The Pipetrunk Turdhurb, much like the related poralps, is an arborescent multicellular algae that thrives in cool to subtropical coastlines where nutrients are in abundant supply. True to its niche, it possesses strong holdfasts for anchorage, a firm stipe for support and nutrient storage, and many branching blades to acquire energy with. However the similarities end there.

The most obvious trait distinguishing the Pipetrunk Turdhurb from the poralps is with their growth structure. Poralps ascend high in the water column utilizing a firm stipe and gas bladders near branching blades, but the turdhurb relies on incorporating dissolved lead into its form. To provide the flora with its structure, lead exists in its greatest quantities within the stipe, and as it gains height, older base-wise areas of the stipe bear more lead; conversely - the flora’s newer, more distant parts contain less lead in comparison, which ensures greater flexibility. The turdhurb’s stipe is occasionally dotted with specialized gaps, allowing for the growth of branches, in turn leading to plastid-bearing blades. It is thanks to this incorporation of lead that the Pipetrunk Turdhurb has been able to tower over its ancestry - growing to about ten times as high.

Like the Turdturf, the Pipetrunk Turdhurb can bud offspring from runners or propagate from severed blades; for the latter, the frequent austral storms make this easy, and fragments can travel far from their parents. Due to its stipe possessing considerable lead, this flora grows much slower than its carpeting ancestry, taking a few years to reach mature height.

Because the Pipetrunk Turdhurb requires lead to grow and maintain itself, groves of this flora are restricted to coastlines near Dingus and Kamm, where lead-based minerals are regularly washed out from; nevertheless, such groves thrive there and provide a veritable habitat for many fauna.