Hypnodrak

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Hypnodrak
(Psychanthos rhizobambaki)
Main image of Hypnodrak
Species is extinct.
21/?, unknown cause
Information
CreatorRhodix Other
Week/Generation18/118
HabitatNorth Tundra, Flisch Taiga, Yokto Taiga
Size30 cm Tall
Primary MobilitySessile
SupportUnknown
DietPhotosynthesis
RespirationUnknown
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionAsexual, Airborne cylindrical spores
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Melanophyta
Melanoanthae
Aurantilabiopsida
Melanostipales
Psychanthaceae
Psychanthos
Psychanthos rhizobambaki
Ancestor:Descendants:

The hypnodrak split from its ancestor and spread to the taiga. Although its exotic appearance, it is very similar to the ministalk. Leaves start to grow during the fall, forming the chamber of spores. Four long tendrils growing from the base of the leaves make a twist around the bud and help it to keep closed. When the harsh winter approaches, the hypnodrak stops to grow and starts to produce spores.

In addition to its cryoprotectors, thin roots emerge from the stalk and act like a coat cover, helping to protect it from the cold and to get more sunlight. Like on its ancestor, the black color also helps it to get more sunlight and to melt part of the snow cover, using its roots to absorb the water. When the spring comes, the dormant state is broken; hypnodraks restart to grow slowly and develop fine coats over the leaves.

In the short summer, when the environment becomes moist and sunny, the tendrils extend and allow opening of the bud. The spores, once kept inside the chamber, escape when the chamber collapses and are carried by the winds. Part of these spores stay over the black leaves during some time, sticking to the small coats and roots used to increase the surface and take more sunlight. Staying over it, they make the hypnodrak even more unappealing for those trying to eat it, since the spores can form think orange clouds and shock the species coming close. Like on its ancestor, the spores can resist for a long time frozen in the ice, starting to grow when thawed. In the end of the summer, the hypnodrak loses its two leaves and grows a bit more, developing two new ones in the fall.

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)
  • Glacialdrak (genus Psychanthos)
  • Raptordrak (family Psychanthaceae)
  • Piperoot Colonystalk (class Aurantilabiopsida)