X is for Xerophytes

I’ve written about my epiphytes in past posts, and thanks to ABC Wednesday and the 1997 edition of The Merriam-Webster Dictionary that sits on my nightstand, I’m ready to write about my Xerophytes.  Epiphytes, such as the ball moss in the grapefruit tree, are plants that survive with no soil.  Xerophytes, most commonly cacti and succulents, are plants that survive with hardly any water.  Bromeliads are another example, except I don’t have any of those.  Here’s a Xerophyte I do have:

It’s the tall spiky succulent in the back.  It’s commonly known as Milk barrel and formally known as Euphorbia horrida.  Every rose has its thorn, but in this case, the two are one in the same.  The spikes are left behind when the flower finishes blooming.  I’m looking forward to seeing it bloom; the spikes are pink.        

  1. Good one! You took a great photo, too. I have a few xerophytes of my own, and some of the opposite, bog plants. Both do well in my house, because I tend to either overwater or underwater most houseplants!

    On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week!

  2. That’s gorgeous! I’d be happy to see the bloom, too! Nifty photo!

  3. very attractive!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. Man, that’s so nuts. People naturally think that they’re set with their base set of knowledge, but there’s always something new to uncover out there. Glad I found this. Gotta get back to work!

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