Woody Burstgrass

From 2speccers2tools wiki

With a relative lack of predators aside from a few species of snufflers or the ocassional radfting mamal, some populations of Kamm Burstgrass started to incorporate less lead in their tissues since lead is not as abundant on Kamm. These populations of Burstgrass, however, did not move to more hospitable areas and stayed in the Tundra and even moved deeper into it. To retain their hardiness, these populations of Burstgrass would develop a structure which previously only evolved once. Pisswood. With this new feature, alongside a larger size and the decreased amounts of overall lead in their tissues, these populations would give rise to the Woody Burstgrass.

While the Kamm Burstgrass has less lead in their tissues compared to their relatives on Dingus, the Woody Burstgrass is much more extreme, with most of the organism have very little lead. Instead, much of its stem and all of its roots are encased in a layer of pisswood. This pisswood helps provide protection from the elements while also being more economical in terms of general resources. The leaves of the Woody Burstgrass, however, remain full exposed to get sunlight for photosynthesis and have more lead in their tissues than the rest of the organism(the amount of lead in the leaves being actually similar to that of their ancestor's amount of lead in all their tissues) to protect the leaves from the elements. Their reproductive strategy has however not changed at all, where the species does not enter the pissballoon stage at all and instead has the balloon grow on top. The balloon itself is still composed of two chambers, one being filled with spores and the other filling up with helium gases that build up. At a certain point the gas chamber is so full of gas that it bursts open, with the spores then being released and shot in all directions. The piss wood at the base of the balloon sac is not a solid ring but instead is a band of small bits that can allow the underlying tissue to stretch as the structure grows in size. This reproductive strategy still serves the Woody Burstgrass well, allowing it to rapidly colonize new parts of the tundra, with the balloon repairing itself over the course of a couple months. In a similar fashion to their ancestors, the Woody Burstgrass takes in ambient levels of spite for energy and incorporating it into their cells to deter the occasional critter than tries to make a snack on their leaves or balloon sac. Having adapted to live in the cold, the Woody Burstgrass thrives within the tundra, but now finds the beaches and the majority of the Kamm forest too warm to thrive with the species only living in the southern areas of the Kamm Forest where it gets much cooler.