9 Jun 14

A cross-section of the floating Bifurcacia bloom clearly shows the bifurcated phloem chambers from which its name is derived. These chambers are able to filter large quantities of water, supplying nutrients for the rootless plant. The filtered water is released through a vascular system that can be seen in the center of the cross-section image.

The Bifurcacia is a distant relative to the Acacia tree, accidentally introduced by early intergalactic travelers when the watery world of NH-214 was first discovered. After thousands of years, the plant has adapted quite well to it’s watery environment, and only bears a small resemblance to Earth’s native Acacia.

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