Tundra Grass

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Tundra Grass
(Niphobulbus gelusus)
Artwork of Tundra Grass
Species is extinct.
19/125, habitat loss (Ice Comet Impact Event)
Creator Russ1 Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Phoenoplastida
Phoenophyta
Rhagioanthia
Phoenopoopsida
Phoenopoales
Niphobulbaceae
Niphobulbus
Niphobulbus gelusus
Week/Generation 10/63
Habitat South Tundra
Size 20 cm Tall
Primary Mobility Sessile
Support Unknown
Diet Photosynthesis
Respiration Passive (Stomata)
Thermoregulation Ectotherm
Reproduction Sexual (distributed by wind)


The tundra grass has split from the yellow firegrass. It inhabits the Southern Tundra. Unlike it’s ancestor, tundra grass never turns yellow, as it cannot dry out. It is shorter than it’s ancestor. It only grows in low areas that collect with melted snow in the summer so that it has a constant supply of water. The grass has developed a ‘bulb’ that acts as it’s center and has a type of anti-freeze to stop it from freezing. Each spring, new shoots emerge from the bulb. Their purpose is simply to collect sunlight. The plant then stores sugars gained from photosynthesis in the bulb and over the cold time of the year, when the leaves die away and the plant is covered by snow, uses it as reserves. It only produces seeds every two years because it cannot collect sunlight in the winter and therefore doesn’t have enough energy to produce seeds every year. The seeds are similar to the firegrass because they are small and light so are easily carried by the wind.

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)
  • Yuccagave (family Niphobulbaceae)
  • Salt Grass (order Phoenopoales)
  • Rainforest Carnofern (class Phoenopoopsida)