Xerophites....survival in the desert

By ColleenA
Good morning....
A special thanks to Lynnette (Lynniesefforts), Isabel (Chinga) and Fred263 for their UA's, much appreciated and to everyone for their continued support...
The term Xenophite.... refers to a plant species that has evolved over time to adapt to dry desert like regions. They have learnt to store water in their leaves. Here are a few examples from the Namib desert
I begin Shadow Saturday with Aloe asperifolia. Its Cape Dutch name is "kraalaalwyn", and reflects the peculiarity in the way the plant grows...ie: in a circular arrangement reminiscent of the traditional circular arrangement of houses in native villages. They are also called "heksekringe" (with rings) ... the German name for the fairy rings of mushrooms in Northern Europe.
They were very hard to capture in the bright sunlight with white rocks and sand and deep shadows.
V2 another Aloe
V3 Flowering aloe
V4 The dollar plant, so called because the leaves are the size of dollar coins, the leaves if picked and squeezed are full of water, animals thrive on these
V5 A tiny mauve grass flower the size of my pinkie nail (not the sharpest image)
V6 A succulent
V7 showing a close up of its water laden leaves
V8 A variety of grass
V9 A flowering bush
V10 a baby tree
V11 a stick like plant, its sap is highly poisonous, even to us if we touch it. Could not find an ID
V12 another desert plant showing you how small some of the plants are and the reason why they do not want people to walk around as they are so easy to stand on.
Apologies for the big upload, but I have so much to show you....
Have a nice Saturday....

Tags: Namibia Flowers and plants Aloe Namib desert

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8 Mar 2014 4:03AM
Superb series and I think you are not even done uploading all images!
Love V3! Grin

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LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 4:42AM
A lovely set.
fotobee Plus
6 4 3 South Africa
8 Mar 2014 5:00AM
V5 for me please Colleen. Your set is totally beautiful! I get up especially early to see what your latest is! Regards Martin.
A lovely set of hardy desert plants well captured. V1 is my pic with lovely light shadow and texture.
Well done Colleen.
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
8 Mar 2014 6:14AM
V1, 4, 6, 10 are my favourites, but the whole set is fabulous. I love it.
marktc Plus
9 101 15 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 6:14AM
Another superb and interesting set Colleen, I'm sorry I haven't kept up with your images and thank you for your continued support!
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
8 Mar 2014 6:19AM
It's amazing what will grow in such an arid place, Colleen, I love V.5, so dainty and standing proud. Carol
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
8 Mar 2014 6:42AM
A great set showing how the plants adapt to harsh conditions

Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 8:10AM
Great set Colleen, but has to be the
lovely crisp shot in V7 for me makes
you wonder how they survive in the sand
8 Mar 2014 8:11AM
Super images Colleen, V3, V5 and V9 my favourites,
Philip_H 8 1.1k United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 8:27AM
Wonderfully varied botanical set, Colleen.

netta1234 8 382 2 Wales
8 Mar 2014 8:29AM
A brilliant set Colleen with lovely detail and colourSmile
11 10 10 England
8 Mar 2014 9:20AM
Amazing how they survive but such a treat to see the in their natural habitat. Will be back later for another look when I have more time!!
A wonderful set Colleen, with such variety and colour. Amazing what can grow in the most unfriendly surrounds.

Lynette Grin
AnneB50 8 118 18 Scotland
8 Mar 2014 9:26AM
You deserve an award for all of the information alone, such a varied set of interesting plants. I love the texture 6,7 and10 particularly.

gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
8 Mar 2014 9:38AM
A great set of images, its a very close call but I think you made the right choice with the lead image. - gary
8 Mar 2014 9:42AM
good documentary work here Colleen
jdinne 17 16 England
8 Mar 2014 9:48AM
Excellent set Colleen and V5 for me is superb.

mistere Plus
7 6 3 England
8 Mar 2014 9:50AM
Wonderful Colleen, an excellent set of images.

ddolfelin 8 103 3 Wales
8 Mar 2014 9:54AM
Can't go through them at present because of power problems but will return when they turn the voltage up!
V1 is excellent.
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 164 16 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 10:00AM
A great set of plant images ColleenSmile

brandish 6 3 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 10:00AM
Lovely Colleen,if i had to pick a favourite,it would be V9,but that is a very close run thing.I love the desert flora and marvel at their survival.
zapar40 10 66 5 Wales
8 Mar 2014 10:29AM
Great set Colleen. Nice to see them in natural habitat. I used to have a big collection of cacti so its nice to see this.
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
8 Mar 2014 10:43AM
Survival, botanic style Colleen.
viscostatic 13 47 7 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 11:34AM
Amazing plants and great images Colleen. I particularly like the tree in V10.

8 Mar 2014 11:42AM
Super hardy desert plants & great set of images Colleen
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 11:48AM
A great set
torn between 1 and 11
ColleenA Plus
7 451 7 Australia
8 Mar 2014 11:49AM

Quote:Amazing plants and great images Colleen. I particularly like the tree in V10.


Thanks Phil, the tree was only knee high...Grin
ukgubbi 8 5 India
8 Mar 2014 12:14PM
Love this set. Well presented
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 12:19PM
Wonderful set Colleen. Amazing pictures of amazing plants.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 1:05PM
So that's the word! I asked myself how the plants and trees survived in Australia.
Thank you for all the information Colleen and wide variety of plants in your images.
I do think V1 is the best to lead in with but all of the images are interesting.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
8 Mar 2014 1:06PM
they are all super images

taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
8 Mar 2014 1:06PM
V1-- The plants have arranged themselves into an attractive garden-- NICE SIGHTING!
Bantu 6 7 1 India
8 Mar 2014 1:13PM
You have very good knowledge of plants,lovely capture.
ColleenA Plus
7 451 7 Australia
8 Mar 2014 1:59PM

Quote:V1-- The plants have arranged themselves into an attractive garden-- NICE SIGHTING!

Yes Jenn that's how they grow...in a circle hence the different names it has in Dutch and German
8 Mar 2014 2:15PM
All are so gorgeous, really fantastic close ups and the one of the lovely pink flowers are just so lovely, V5 is my favourite. GrinGrinGrin
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
8 Mar 2014 2:48PM
A fine selection of the plant life Colleen.
Good set.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
8 Mar 2014 3:16PM
When I first looked at the thumbnail image of V1, I thought it was a big hairy caterpillar!! Grin A lovely and varied collection of images here, Colleen, and I think it's always interesting to read about what we're looking at Smile
Trev Smile
gss 6 1 Romania
8 Mar 2014 3:34PM
A really fantastic desert wildlife (photo) lesson! Great information ( both text & images)! Seems that the Namib desert isn't so arid like others, it has some fabulous forms of life!
A great idea for sharing that with us. Thank you!
gss 6 1 Romania
8 Mar 2014 3:40PM
A little clarification: they call Xerophyte plants (from Greek xeros dry, phuton plant)
Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 4:11PM
Wonderful set and great info Colleen. Nature is wonderful how it adapts to conditions.
ColleenA Plus
7 451 7 Australia
8 Mar 2014 4:18PM

Quote:A little clarification: they call Xerophyte plants (from Greek xeros dry, phuton plant)

Thanks Silviu, you really are a fountain of knowledge ....very interesting thank youGrin
8 Mar 2014 4:39PM
Beautiful desert images , Colleen! --- V1 and V2 are somethiong special in this excellent set of images ! --- Jukka.
saltireblue Plus
10 10.7k 62 Norway
8 Mar 2014 4:39PM
Blimey, Colleen...what a set. Absolutely impossible to choose a favourite. Makes our marigolds and pansies seem a bit tame all this lot!

Fefe Plus
8 50 32 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 5:26PM
A great set Colleen, I cant choose a faveGrinGrin
8 Mar 2014 5:37PM
Fab set Colleen. V3 for me I think GrinGrin

EileenH 7 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 6:03PM
Lovely interesting setSmile

ali63 8 790 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 6:51PM
Superb set Colleen GrinGrinGrin

JuBarney Plus
9 33 4 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 7:11PM
A fine & interesting set
8 Mar 2014 8:42PM
Very lovely sets, V1 and 2 for me....Kathleen
Stunning images, Colleen. Perfectly presented images of plants/vegetation which have adapted to survive in Namib desert.

Jenny-D 10 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2014 9:32PM
Great set, wonderful photography as always Colleen.

Jenny Smile
8 Mar 2014 10:58PM
Fantastic set Colleen. Love the write up. Cathy
9 Mar 2014 8:47AM
Great set Colleen, I'm guessing you got rather warm while taking them Smile

John Smile
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 9:50AM
V1, V3, V5 and V10 are favorites! Stunning wild babies on show! GrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
7 451 7 Australia
9 Mar 2014 10:08AM

Quote:Great set Colleen, I'm guessing you got rather warm while taking them Smile

John Smile

It was always nice getting back into the aircon in the vehicleGrin
prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
9 Mar 2014 1:58PM
Most likely the kill took place inside the bush, we could hear the cry only.

A lovely set of desert flora.
BIGRY1 8 3 8 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 2:55PM
Super set of images. Because of the detail and colour, V6 is my winnerGrin
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
10 Mar 2014 2:20PM
Very nicely captured, Colleen, a fine set of desert flora.

Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
10 Mar 2014 8:43PM
What a wonderful and varied set of images showing us the great diversity of species of different plants that grow in the desert.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 677 England
11 Mar 2014 7:14PM
A nice selection of images documenting the flora in this extreme ecosystem.

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