Drake's Cryostem

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Drake’s Cryostem has made the full transition to a terrestrial lifestyle. It has developed a simple cuticle to prevent desiccation and reproduces whenever water is present. This usually occurs during spring melt and thus their breeding is seasonal, occurring each spring. Their fronds are shed each winter with their stem and roots laying dormant over winter. Its anchor has become a root-like structure which transports water from the soil into the organism. They send out runners during summer to a distance of up to 6 cm from the parent organism.