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....