thank you for your kind votes and comments on yesterdays desert images and especially to Billy (wiliamsloane) for his UA, much appreciated
Peter asked yesterday if I got any images of the plant life in the desert.....the answer is yes, today I start off with the most famous of them....
This plant is one of the few things on earth that can truly be called one of a kind. It consists of two leaves and a stem base with roots that go down about a metre into the soil. The middle stem of the plant is as hard as tree bark. Both leaves grow from opposite sides of the stem and will continue to grow and never drops and instead gets brown by the sun on the edges and become torn by the wind which eventually makes it look as if it has many narrow leaves. The stem gets thicker rather than higher although it can grow up to six feet in length. At the age of 20, cone-like flowers appear. The female plant produces up to 100 flowers in a season, while the male plant produces an abundance of pollen. Its lifespan is estimated to reach 2000 years. The plant is considered a living fossil. You will notice a colourful bug on the right side on one of the flowers, more about them later.
V2 the full picture ...this plant is over 1000 years old
V3 the male flower
V4 to show you how it starts off with 2 wide leaves.
V5 shows how thick the leaves are, they are hard as leather and no animal can bite into it at all.
Tags: Flowers and plants
Wildlife and nature
NDODS, CarolG, cabbie and 75 more