Scruffy Briarbird

This variety of canarflora is found in an oft-overlooked ecotone between the rainforests and desert of Dingus, a region informally referred to as the “Dingus Scrub”; while this area isn't as blisteringly arid as the desert to the east, water is still hard to come by here. Of course, whatever that survives here must adapt to these conditions, and the Scruffy Briarbird is no such exception to this.

As water in this area is a more precious resource than in the rainforests to the west, the Scruffy Briarbird is decently adapted to retaining as much as it can allow. Of the female organism, both her stem and foliage alike are covered in a waxy, water-retaining cuticle; her overall shorter, stockier shape helps with this. Her roots extend deep into the groundwater, and water collected either from there or whatever scattered rains empty out here is pooled into a large central bulb for storage. Herbivores like desperate turdles would be tempted into nibbling off of the flora, and this is where another adaptation comes into play: her leaves are serrated and trunk is thorny, serving a very effective deterrent to anything tempting to take a bite.

Males sport a swift-like physiology built for high-speed pursuit and travel. These morphs are also most active in wetter weather and sport a feathery lens-like organ to filter the intense tropical sunlight. In the wet season, males meet up with female beak-flowers to exchange gametes, with the fertilized female coughing up spores. These spores will settle in a suitable patch of soil and can wait out many months until the rains return, prompting germination.