BALLERINA FOREST

Ballerina forest biome marked in yellow.

A narrow stretch of land along the southern sixtieth parallel is host to a forest dominated by stately flakefirs that tower over fulgie bushes and mats of harpweed.  These columnar trees are composed of layers of photosynthetic strips that peel outward to form a sparse canopy.  As these thin makeshift branches slowly peel outward they eventually break off under the weight of snow or accumulated splashmoss, exposing fresh layer of plant material to continue the cycle.


Though these nereophytes constitute the majority of plant diversity in the ballerina forest it's the coryphee that gives it its whimsical name.  These graceful trees stretch upward, actively positioning their sinewy branches to catch sunlight, moving as the day progresses by way of pressure controlled vessels running along the broad, flat branches.  In cold weather these bladelike branches fold up, wrapping around the sensitive tip of the sensitive stalk to protect it from the elements.  As the branches age they dull and eventually slough off, falling to the forest floor and becoming part of the decomposing detritus there.  New branches sprout from the top of the stalk, growing to replace those lost, and these copses of coryphee resemble choreographed dryads in a slow, creaking dance in the ever shifting sunlight.

  • High latitude and high altitude areas.
  • Deciduous plants can move to position branches for optimum sunlight.
  • Fauna adapted to extreme seasonal change.