Plants that grow in circles? Oreobolus pumilio plants, known commonly, well, OK, not all that commonly, as ‘alpine tuftrush’ sometimes die slowly in the centre, and grow at the edge, forming rings. These are not crop circles, and have no conspiracy theories attached. They have plenty of other theories attached – for example that they can ‘enhance the arbuscular mycorrhizal status of associated plant species’ which sounds like a tough gig, but helpful. So this plant is a high achiever and low-grower, topping out at 8 cm. Its modest height is no accident; it grows where strong mountain winds can damage any leaves that grow above the thin layer of still air that covers the ground. This species is not a tall poppy (couldn’t resist that). You can see these plants in Kosci once the current gazillions of metres of snow melt. Kosciuszko – always surprising, worth protecting, and bearing up bravely under a deep layer of puns ...
|Posted on:||June 18, 2022, 12:00 pm|