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|A Flyner near Fairhaven|
The flyner is said to be an “aerial” plant. Indeed, it has the distinctive feature of rising lighter than air, simply held to the ground by an obvious bulbous root. This characteristic allows the plant to keep its most fragile part out of reach of herbivores(15 to 30 feet above ground) who would love to munch on it, hence allowing it the opportunity to become very wide in order to absorb a maximum of light.
The leaf of a young flyner is so light that a single breeze will carry away a piece which has been cut from its root. In fact it is the fruit (hollow cones) beneath the rounded leaf which are the main source of levitation and participate in a clever dissemination technique. They are filled with a very light gas produced by the plant itself.
Flowering occurs in late summer, a single flower appearing above the lobe of the leaf, which can exceed six feet in diameter, on the largest specimens. When mature, the flyner breaks away from its anchor bulb, during days when there is a decent wind, and rises quickly, high into the air. Some Tryker windgineers think that the gas contained in fruit is altered when it reaches a certain height and becomes heavier so that the plant descends into a different location. Once on the ground, the fruit clings and becomes the anchor bulb of a new flyner which begins the cycle again.
The plant has a bland taste and no significant nourishment but, nevertheless, the Trykers have come up with numerous recipes to prepare it. The bulb is not edible.
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