The needlestalk split from its ancestors. The needlestalk has small needle-like spines that it uses to help collect moisture from the air during morning and evening. The needles don't really help fend off herbivores that much, though they do help a little. Their spores are still spread by the wind and are still kept inside a chamber placed on top of its stalk, which is opened when on particularly moist mornings or after a rainfall. The spores can form thick orange clouds able to choke small and large animals alike. Their roots store water preventing it from drying out. It will regulate water and use only as much as necessary. When it gets too dry, like during the dry season, it will lose its stem completely and thus regrow from its bulb-like root base.