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Sail Iris

Common NameEdit

Sail Iris

Scientific NameEdit

Velum cyperus


I've been harboring a not-so-secret belief that these growths on long stems are spore distributing organs instead of photosynthesizing organs - and then I see something like this photobiont. It is possible that these growths are not related to the growths we see on bulb moss, and it's possible that they do share an evolutionary history, but that the sail iris has lost photosynthetic capability and instead survives as a consumer of energy - but it seems likely that instead, these growths - I'm calling them capsella in honor of my mistake - are photosynthetic in and of themselves. What I wouldn't give to see what their fluorometer results would look like. --Jane Van Susteren, Exobiology Lead

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