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Stalkroots

Origins

Half-plant animal

Habitat

Tropical forests

Life Strategy

Autotroph

Body Plan

Radial Symmetry

Avg. Size

60 meters(~200 feet)

Locomotion

2~10 Muscular "legs"

Reproduction

Asexual

Primary Senses

None

Energy Production

Photosynthesis

Favored Prey

-

Predators

No information

Misc.

No information

Stalkroots are a species of large half-plants that are mainly found in the tropical forest regions.

AppearanceEdit

A stalkroot individual is consist of a set of 3-10 muscular "legs" arranged radially around the center axis, several circular, plate-like "leaves" on the top part of it's body that are used to gather water, and a stem that vertically connects the two. The average hight of Stalkroots is about 60 meters, and can grow to up to 150 meters tall, with massive resevior-like leaves that span diameters of up to 30 meters.

Although they are categorized as animals, but it's lack of a circulatoin system and extremely primitive nervous system make it sppear much like a plant. They stay still for most of the time, accumulating moss and fungi on lower parts of its body, enforcing the plant impression. However, they do move slowly when necessary by plucking one of its "legs" off the ground and planting it back in another location.

Stalkroots are a dark bluish-green in color, mainly due to the bacteriochlorophyll in its surface cells that execute photosynthesis (the same type of pigment that can be found on species of photosynthetic bacteria on earth).

EcosystemEdit

Stalkroots collect water through its "leaves", in which water accumulates when it rains and is then pulled into it's body by gravity to be used in photosysnthesis. This causes it to play a significant role of maintaining the tropical forest ecosystem by adjusting the circulation of water.

In addition, they are one of the most basic members of the food web, making it an essential species in the tropical rain forest biome.