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Mychen split from its ancestor in Glicker as a result of selective pressure on individuals growing higher on crystal flora and out of itching reach for sentroks and chkarshers. It no longer relies on these faunae for dispersal— instead, small derived buds detach and blow or wash short distances onto other areas suitable for growth. Individuals can be found at any height, but mostly occur above the reach of sentroks and below the exposed canopy where solar radiation is highest.

Like its ancestor, mychen have a porous mycelial network that clings to crystal flora and absorbs rainwater. Most photosynthesis now happens on the mycelial roots and the succulent fruiting bodies are less prominent. Cell walls are chitinous, giving the organism a rigid structure and preventing desiccation.