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Sexual Maturity and the Fitness of Flora

August 5, 2016

In the latest iteration of the simulation, I added a sexual maturity component to the plant DNA. Before a plant can begin reproducing it must meet its genetically required height. In order to gain a unit height, a plant spends the nutrient cost of a single seed. Once it reaches maturity, it must store up the the cost of a single seed times the number of seeds it produces at a time.

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The growth map mode.

Pictured is a map detailing the height of a each plant, the darker the green the taller the plant. What you will notice is that the taller grove of plants near the middle are not nearly as abundant as their shorter cousins. The longer wait before becoming sexually active hinders reproductive capabilities.

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When sexual maturity requirements can also mutate you get much more variable heights, these heights provide local solutions to environmental pressures.

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