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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum
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Copyright: Michal Smoczyk (Michau) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 11 N: 87] (577)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Toshiba CF 2 GB Card, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Morocco
Theme(s): Plants of Morocco [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-28 8:39
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Points: 2
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I'd like to introduce to you Iceplant Mesembryanthemum crystallinum (Aizoaceae) - common Moroccan plant species. All parts of this succulent whole are dense covered with big, shining bladder cells.

Interesting in biology of this species is, that it usually uses C3-type of photosynthesis but when it becomes water or salt stressed (often, it grows on dry areas, cliffs, maritime sands, rocks, salt marhes and also in disturbed ground) it is able to switch to CAM-type photosynthesis.

Disturbed ground (ruderal habitat) in Tiznit city outskirts. Here flower buds are visible.

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Hello Michal,
What an extraordinary plant. It sure looks like ice on the leaves. It's a beautiful clear sharp image with beautiful colors. How wonderful and interesting is nature. Very well done and tfs.

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