Mainly pioneer species, these flora grow in colonies and help break down rock, preparing the soil for more complex organisms such as the Airbulbs. Some are more specialized, mainly the decedents of the gilded gildring. They are indigenous to Mason.
Gildrings form flat colonies that trap water under a photosynthesizing layer. As the colony grows older, it takes on a ring shape. Stable gildrings, or decedents of the gilded gildring, have roots and a spongy, spore-producing center. So-called "rock corals", decedents of the crustacolonius, grow layers of gildrings over one another, forming an active, living layer over a dead center, and recieveing nutrients from the sea water at high tide.
As gildrings grow, the cells in the center of the colony run out of resources and detach themselves from the rest of the colony, blowing away in the wind, giving them their distinctive ring shape.
Breathing and Blood
Gildring respiration is similar to that of Earth plants; carbon dioxide is used in photosynthetic reactions that release oxygen into the atmosphere.
Diet & Energy
Gildrings absorb violet light, making them appear yellow.
EvolutionGildrings evolved from the hitchhiker gildling, which is nearly identical to gildrings, with the exception of forming a ring shape.
As a floral group, all gildrings are immobile.
To reproduce, most gildrings simply detach individual cells from the colony when the ground under it runs out of usable nutrients. Decedents of the gilded gildring, though, have a dedicated spore-producing tissue.
Stable gildrings are just a centimeter or so long, while regular, colonial species can grow meters wide.