Springpour Nomherb

The Dingus Scrub ecotone is well recognized for its predominant assemblage of flora, those being of pissbush stock. Bristling with lead-based thorns and equipped with water-conserving forms, these flora have monopolized on these semiarid climates, leaving little room for canarflora or nomflora to even become suitable competitors. However, while there is not much opportunity for direct competition, flora of both clades can still cohabitate should they assume more disparate lives. While otherwise poorly-adapted for the tighter access to water, vascular nomflora did in fact manage a roothold there in the form of the annual Springpour Nomherb. The life of a Springpour Nomherb revolves exclusively with the occasional rains the Dingus Scrub witnesses. With the first spring downpour, a vivid cerulean shoot erupts from the soil and rapidly flourishes within a matter of days. While normally a uniform golden-yellow, numbers of these flora may become so prominent in peak months (late spring-early summer) that the surrounding habitat gains notable dapplings of blue. Although dense with fronds, these are slender in shape and waxy to the touch as to minimize water loss. Just beneath the soil’s surface, roots radiate outwards to collect as much rainwater as possible. During the more hospitable conditions of its life, it can easily recover from nibblings by turdles and liserlaps attracted by the prospects of easier fare.

All the energy and nutrients collected by the Springpour Nomherb is eventually directed into the creation of spores encased within watertight seed coats. After gametes are sent from and are conjugated within elongate sporophore, the flora’s functions suddenly invest the remainder of their resources to ensure the best chances for their developing seeds to survive. Hoisted by airborne tufts, these seeds ride the wind to faraway locales. Even after settling in a suitable soil patch, seeds won’t germinate until conditions become hospitable for their growth; able to weather a variety of harsh conditions, seeds can remain viable for even years at a time. This is also how some hardy Springpour Nomherbs managed to dip their range into the Dingus Desert, although growth into mature flora is much less frequent as rainfall here is scarcer still.

Mature Springpour Nomherbs typically persist for only a few months. After dispersing their seeds, the exhausted flora then perish in response to the drying conditions, usually occurring in mid-autumn. Like all Dingusian nomflora, it contains trace quantities of lead to shield against radiation.