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Few aboriginal desert plants that can tolerate the harsh climate

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

It’s a well-known fact that deserts can’t be only about the beauty they offer but mostly the diverse conditions of that. In such harsh climates, where a high day temperature, low precipitation, drastic fall of night temperature and high humidity are observed, a different type of biome can be observed. Because of this extreme climate, desert biomes are formed, which includes plants like Cactus and a few types of bushes. But, are they beautiful? Well, they definitely have the beauty of their own, which can’t be compared with the plants grown on the mainland. You’ll be shocked to know that some of the desert plants are so beautiful that they have become famous tourist attractions. In the following article, we’ll discuss a few of such unique desert plants that will surely grab your attention for a while.

Pancake Prickly Pear Cactus is a unique yet beautiful species.

This is a recognizable species of Cactus that can be found on the Mexican border of the United States. Their arms are as flat as a pancake, and they can be up to 7 feet high, and the pads are like 4 to 6 inches long and 9 inches wide. Though they can survive in harsh Mexican freezing temperatures for a long time, they are basically tender plants with a sweet smell but somewhat bland in taste. That’s the reason only a few rats, mice and squirrels find it a treat.

Barrel cactus, the name goes well with the appearance

It is one of the most popular ones found in deserts across the globe. What makes it dangerous is the beauty of the flower at the centre, which can provoke you to touch and there lies the risk of injury because of the toxic spines of this Cactus. This beauty can predominantly be found in Mojave, Sonora and Chihuahua deserts.

Brittlebush and its gorgeous yellow flowers

As the name suggests, it is well known for its delicate stems and the yellowish beauty it offers. They have been very useful since ancient times because of their medicinal benefits for different purposes. It is a small plant around 2 to 5 feet high, and the authentic charm that the flowers provide can only be seen from March to June. So, don’t miss out on the beauty.

So, do you want to check out these amazing beauties? No doubt that’ll be something different from the mainstream travel experiences.


Sohini is a journalism and mass communication enthusiast from Kolkata with an extreme interest in creative writing. Focused on entertainment, health and lifestyle, her stories could make your net surfing much more interesting.
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