bolsachicaconThese succulents may look a bit frosty at a glance, but they’re actually covered in huge cells that help reserve water! Crystalline iceplant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) is a species native to South Africa. These glistening cells are enlarged epidermal cells that store salt, which is released into the ground once the plant dies. This prevents other species of plants that are not salt-tolerant from growing, making iceplants very persistent invasive species. They sure are pretty to look at, though!
Photo by: Ian McGregor
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