Flash forests split from the flash bud. They are an adaptation of flash buds that evolved concurrently with flash crystalroot. Flash buds started to attach themselves to crystal rootgrasses in order to get more access to sunlight and in order to spread further. They had difficulty attaching themselves to the hard crystalline surface of the rootgrass, a problem inadvertently solved by the pores in flash crystalroot. The flash forests have a symbiosis with the crystalroots. The flash forests provide nutrients to the crystalroots in the form of it's waste as well as occupying and cleaning the crystalroot's pores while the crystalroot provides the flash forests with a new food source, calcium. The added calcium to their diet has allowed them to develop a harder cell wall.
The whiter cells are blahite, while the green-yellow vereen. They differ in color and shape of their bulb, as well as intake because they are different sexes. The blahite take more calcium into their system for food giving them a whiter coloration. They are the "female" sex. The vereen rely on photosynthesis more than calcium and these are the "male" sex. The two sexes form individual colonies within the pores of the crystalroot. Pores with the blahite are cleaner because they remove excess calcium deposits, helping to prevent diseases. The vereen pores provide the crystalroot with more food.
They are also capable of growing on crystal seaweed, although their populations are limited due to the lack of easy places to grow from. It acts more as a parasite/competitor with crystal seaweed, as it tries to cover it so it can get more sunlight, potentially killing the seaweed. The blahite does better on crystal seaweed even with the limited calcium provided from it. One reason they might do better is because their 'root' structure is better at drawing out the nutrients from and cracking the crystalline structure of it's 'leaves'. The problem is that the vereen have difficulty fertilizing the spore 'eggs' since they grow in less numbers, because of this a subspecies of flash forests have evolved on crystal seaweeds that continue to use budding for reproduction.
Living Relatives (click to show/hide)
None found. Note that this does not necessarily mean it has no living relatives at all, but that, assuming all taxonomy is filled in, its entire phylum is extinct; any relatives it does have likely do not resemble it.