Who knew that the Tail the Lamb was a parasitic plant


Saturday, 31 January, 2015

Finally, we show today a parasitic plant. Yes, parasitic on other plants, shrubs as matomoro and matabrusca living in the crozes. 

The roots of the tail lamb draw their nutrients directly to the roots of these other plants because lamb's tail has no chlorophyll and therefore can not perform photosynthesis, ie synthesize their own sugars as do other plants. But does not reach kill its host plant, although this may be weakened.

What we see the tail of lamb is only its inflorescence, coming out in winter in the crozes. Many tourists taken a rare orchid, and we must recognize that it is striking. Under the sand is the thickest part of the root, sometimes quite deep. 

 
 
Therefore, we can not see how this root comes in contact with the surrounding bushes, unless you dig up an exemplary, which is prohibited by another side.
 
It is not an exclusively canaria, but widely distributed in arid areas from our islands to the Middle East plant.