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The creatures, if they choose to land, have a number of herbivorous options available to them (the first critter on land will *have* to be herbivorous, unless you have a *really* good alternative). Later creatures can also be herbivorous, or they could feed on their predecessors. Each of these three food sources has benefits and drawbacks.
For now, I'll be the only one who can "evolve" plants, but you guys have impressed me so far, so I may just open the flood gates and let you guys have at it with the flora too.
> Banana Leaf
A small tuberous plant. When young, sprouts' leaves are bright yellow, but as the sapling approaches maturity, the leaves turn a rich green. Note that the brown bulb is underground.
- Banana leaves are relatively common and contain a fair amount of nutrients, but take a long time to reach the reproductive age (6 earth years) and, as such, their numbers cannot be easily replaced. Any animal that chooses these as a food source must brave the alpine cliffs that the plant calls home AND be careful not overeat their dinner to extinction. Can be found in mountainous regions, tundras, and colder temperate zones.
> Red Lichen
- Very rare, but RICH in nutrients. So much so, that eating red lichen provides just as much energy as a carnivorous diet would. The only problem is that to become so nutritious they basically "vampirise" dying plants. If unchecked they can drive other species to extinction. They are also very toxic. It's a gamble, but to some organisms, its worth it. Seen in temperate to tropical forests.
- Common as all Hell, grows quick. Only problem is that it is nutritionally deficient. Grows almost anywhere.