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Konermach

An isolated individual; notice that the small protrusions are in fact needles.

Konermach (Pinus muscus, previously Ramusculus ramusculus; Oceana pronunciation: /'konɛʁmatʃʰ/) is an extremely adapted tree that belongs to the Pinus family, just like the Oceana pine. Due to its small appearance with minute and conceiled white needles, it was previously thought to be a lichen, but DNA analysis has shown that it is in fact a tree, which is closely related to all other pine trees that exist in Lovia.

Konermach lives in small colonies with stems positioned very closely together; it only appears in moist areas with little light, such as small caves and cracks. As a consequence, it is a highly endangered species. Areas where konermach can be found are the Carlton Forests, Ryshembrock Forests, Thatrench, and Svolnick Moor.

Due to its habitat on overwhelmingly shady spots, konermach has evolved to require as little sunlight as possible. Its preference for darker spots has led to a loss of pigment, albinism. Some research suggests that it has evolved past photosynthesis and primarily lives on detritus without absorbing any sunlight.

The konermach tree is listed on Wikinational Conservation Organization's "Wildlife at risk" list as endangered due to its decline in population and habitat.

Etymology Edit

The name konermach derives from the Oceana language and means "branch moss", which refers to the assumption that it was a lichen instead of a tree (lichens are often confused with mosses), and its white branches that stick out from the stem. Usually, the name does not carry an article, so it is correct to say "konermach" instead of "a/the konermach".

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