Cave Puff

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Cave Puff
(Cryoanthe cavepuffus)
Main image of Cave Puff
Species is extinct.
24/150, Habitat Loss
Information
CreatorHydromancerx Other
Week/Generation15/99
HabitatYannick Ice Cave
Size20 cm Tall
Primary MobilitySessile
SupportUnknown
DietPhotosynthesis
RespirationPassive (Stomata)
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSexual (Puffy Spores), Asexual (Split from Roots)
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Division
Class
Order
Superfamily
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Phoenoplastida
Phoenophyta (info)
Rhagioanthia
Phoenocarpopsida
Phoenocarpales
Cryoanthacea
Cryoanthaceae
Cryoanthe
Cryoanthe cavepuffus
Ancestor:Descendants:

The cave puff split from its ancestor, the snow puff. It has evolved to survive in ice caves. While it grows best in open soil at the mouth of the cave it can also survive in places where light is diffused through. And even in places that have little soil.

Like its ancestor it has the ability to survive in very cold environments. Using a form of antifreeze it can stay in bloom even in the winter. But it thrives in the summer when there is more sunlight. It needs very little nutrients and can even stay dormant in ice and snow until it thaws.

Its puffy spores are what made it so successful. It no longer produces a berry since few animals are around to eat it. In its dormant state it is only a lump of roots. If these break apart it can grow back when there is enough light. If it gets too warm it will die.

Living Relatives (click to show/hide)

These are randomly selected, and organized from lowest to highest shared taxon. (This may correspond to similarity more than actual relation)
  • Snow Puff (genus Cryoanthe)
  • Pelagic Puffgrass (superfamily Cryoanthacea)