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Serpentweed

Common NameEdit

Serpentweed

Scientific NameEdit

Coclea pullularia

DescriptionEdit

The cnideria on this photobiont are not brightly colored - like they are on most of the others - nor do they appear to be defensive spines. It's possible that they're the first leaves we've seen on Arctocos - broad pieces of photosynthetic tissue that provide a large area for capturing sunlight. The tubercles at the top may be some sort of reproductive structure - or something to discourage consumption of the growing tip. --Jane Van Susteren, Exobiology Lead

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