THE PEAT ROCK CACTUS

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - REPRODUCTION

The Peat Rock Cactus is a small waxy succulent found in the Plains of Peat in Northern Sarvonia, its name originating from its rock-like appearance. The plant is rarely seen except for those who use it for its ability to store water.

Appearance. The Peat Rock Cactus is similar to a smooth round river rock a palmspan in diameter, the height of the succulent will change depending on the amount of water the succulent has stored in its body from half a palmspan to a palmspan. The succulent itself is covered in a wax-like coating, which helps it to store water, whilst its body changes its colour to match the rocks in its surroundings so that it may appear like a rock i.e. if the succulent lives in an area where the rocks are grey the succulent too will be grey. It is unknown how the plant actually accomplishes this feat. Although similar in appearance to a cactus, and also carrying the name, the Peat Rock Cactus is in fact a succulent and not a cactus at all. Return to the top

Territory. The Peat Rock Cactus can only be found in rocky areas of the Peat Plains. In these rocky areas the plant can be mainly found growing out from under large rocks, it seems to have no preference as to the type of rock just as long as it can grow near it, where the soil may still me moist from rains past. The succulent seems to prefer moist soil to dry areas although it is still able to thrive in dry areas. The succulent will also refuse to grow if there are no rocks nearby and therefore cannot be found in any open spaces or similar areas.

As the name already implies, the Peat Rock Cactus can mainly be found in the Stone Fields of Peat in
Northern Sarvonia. Return to the top

Usages. The Peat Rock Cactus is mainly used for its ability to hold
water, once the plant has been seperated from its roots its skin will harden and the soft flesh inside will liquefy after a few days, the exposed area where the plant was cut will also harden in attempt to keep the water in the plant itself. Although this area is still soft enough to easily pierce with a knife or another sharp object allowing a person to carry the plant around like a makeshift water skin. Return to the top

Reproduction. Once the succulent itself had collected inside its body it will grow a stalk which will grow from the top of the plant, this stalk will then develop several three nailsbeadth long flowers, these flowers range from being red, to yellow and purple depending on the plant. The flowers petal, commonly a pink to purple colour, open into a star shape, these petals are very delicate and are easily damaged, whilst at the centre of the flower the ovary and the stamen can be found. The plant relies on gusts of wind to pollinate its flowers, as any area where there isn't any wind will see the flowers shrivel and the plant dying, the wind will cause the flowers to shake therefore dislodging the pollen from the stamens causing it to fall into the ovaries and therefore pollinating them. After becoming pollinated the flower will shrivel and in its place will develop a nailsbreath seed the colour of this seed will reflect that of its parent. The seeds protrude from the stalk at an angle facing upwards, once the seeds have developed between 5-7 days the main body will shrivel as the stalk drains the succulent’s main body of
water. The stalk will then swell to the point where it will explode spreading the seeds in a wide area around the parent plant. The seeds that land near a rock will then take root and begin to grow as a new plant. Return to the top

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