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Brown plants between the rocks

24 October 2014

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QUESTION:

What do you call the brown plants growing between the rocks?

 

ANSWER:

There are rust-brown resurrection plants Myrothamnus flabellifolius growing between the rocks which are also known as mountain buchu plants. These plants turn green overnight when it rains and develop small, red flower buds. In the dry season, the leaves dry out and fold in as in this photo. The leaves are protected against desiccation by a chemical substance. The resurrection plant has male and female plants and is used for medicinal purposes as a tea with camphor and bluegum oil for colds, sneezing, asthma, backpain and headaches. The smoke of burning twigs and leaves has also been used as a traditional medicine by some people in to treat infections.

Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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