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Rheum palaestinum Overlooking Ramon Crater  Desert rhubarb,Geotagged,Israel,Spring,palaestinum Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. How interesting:

    "the plant has broad, rigid leaves, with a waxy surface, and channels cut into them that funnel any water that drops onto them toward its root, with enough force to cause deep soil penetration."
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. this is an amazing feature, that allows it to survive in the desert. the leaves rosette can be over 1 meter from side to side, so it can gather quite a lot of water :-) Posted 6 months ago
      1. Pretty incredible! Posted 6 months ago

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''Rheum palaestinum'', the desert rhubarb, is a plant indigenous to Israel and Jordan, with the most highly efficient water gathering capabilities known in botany.

The plant has broad, rigid leaves, with a waxy surface, and channels cut into them that funnel any water that drops onto them toward its root, with enough force to cause deep soil penetration. An alternative explanation for the evolution of the unique morphology of the rheum's leaf is that the wrinkled leaf has specifically.. more

Similar species: Caryophyllales
Species identified by Yael Orgad
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By Yael Orgad

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Uploaded Feb 9, 2019. Captured Mar 26, 2015 14:34 in Ramat Negev Regional Council, Israel.
  • COOLPIX P600
  • f/4.2
  • 10/12500s
  • ISO100
  • 4.3mm