I am creating a species for my alien world that will be seen as 'holy' by the planets dominant religion. I'd like to know if my 'holy' species could viably exist biologically/evolutionarily.
Assume that the alien planet has the same general physical properties as ours, the only difference being a higher oxygen content and slightly less gravity.
The species is a marsupial, slightly larger in size than a above average capybara. It is a herbivore and has raccoon like hands with opposable thumbs.
Here is the part where it becomes alien: the females of the species have large downward curving horns on either side of its head, like a ram, but flatter and concave. They use these to scoop up soil and plant life and then grow them in the horns. This is like an emergency supply of food for their young encase there is none around them.
Specifically the type of soil/plant they scrape up into their horns would be ground racing berry plants like strawberries. These berries would actually ripen and grow quicker in their horns because of a hormone that the species produces called ethylene which promotes the ripening of fruit. This is the reason the dominant religion on the planet thinks they are holy as they use 'magic' although it isn't really.
The male of the species also have horns but do not produce the hormone and their horns are frontward facing and used for fighting/mating purposes.
So is this a realistic species that could have evolved?
Some points I'm worried about being unrealistic:
- A mammal producing a hormone like ethylene.
- A species' male and female having very different horns.
- The viability of the plants being able to grow after being uprooted. (Perhaps they would need to just be soil with the seeds in it but not grown yet?)