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Rope reed
Topic Started: Mar 3 2011, 01:52 PM (555 Views)
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Name: Rope reed
Time: Carboniferous
Size: grows up to 80cm above the water’s surface
Diet: photosynthetic
Habitat: freshwater and marshes, originally in Gondwana but spreading once Pangaea forms.

Rope reeds are a genus of rope tree which has adapted to life within freshwater- with most of the stem and photosynthetic spikes being below the water’s surface. Growing in beds, these neocharophytes create a virtual maze for a variety of cephalostia larva and sigmatatora to hide from the larger freshwater predators. Few of the resident herbivores can eat the rope reed, and as a result these neocharophytes dominate many freshwater habitats.

They grow above the water’s surface in order to spread their gametes by the wind. Once the fertilized gametes land in any form of freshwater or water-logged ground they take root. However, rope reeds rely more and more on spreading through their roots as the Carboniferous carries on: it being more reliable in the short term. Correspondingly, the rope reeds let gametes loose increasingly rarely: with several late Carboniferous species only letting spores loose once every few years.
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Cool, I think I will make some animals to live in them.
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