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Neophorbia wellsi

Neophorbia wellsi

Systematic:
Tracheophyte (vascular plant), angiosperm (flowering plant), Euphorbiaceae. 

Etymology: A contraction of "Neo", new, and spurge. The species name is dedicated to prolific English writer Herbert G. Wells, author of the famous novel "The Time Machine" published in 1895. Note that the Spanish writer Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau is the first to have imagined in 1887 that type of time travel. 

Cossima magnificens 2

Plain Efremov. Formerly the Mediterranean Sea, the salt plain is dotted with strange terrestrial algae and plants evoking cacti plants (Neophorbia wellsi). On some feet of funny birds (Cossima magnificens) domicile. Here a male is about to take a swig of nectar, soon ousted by a new intruder left.

Cousin of the 21st century:  Euphorbia obesa, succulent plant species native to South Africa, now widely cultivated on the sandy soil. Spherical or cylindrical, this green plant, red or purple, can store a large amount of water. It also boasts of tiny flowers at the apex. Height: 1 meter high. The trunk continues to grow based on water needs. 

Distribution: Deserts and arid steppes Eurafrica. 

Morphology and Ecology: This plant consists of a large root bulbous and partly underground, from which the fibrous rootlets. This cylindrical root is partially filled with water. It ends with a twisted woody stem that emits flowers at the apex. Every flower, with petals and sepals identical, takes the form of a colorful feather duster. And slow growth and pollination provided by a symbiote, a hummingbird of the future (Cossima magnificens). The bases of each plant also provide shelter to colonies of Talpidornis.

The diversity of future Euphorbia

Neophorbia lovecrafti

Neophorbia lovecrafti

Neophorbia tarkovskii

Neophorbia tarkovskii

Some, like Neophorbia lovecrafti (named in honor of American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft) with its huge aerial roots and sprawling, clearly evoke mangroves.Others take different forms depending on the climate and the substrate.
Neophorbia lucasi

Neophorbia lucasis

Thus Neophorbia tarkovskii sports a beautiful form of feather duster, while Neophorbia lucasi (named in honor of American filmmaker and entrepreneur George Lucas), smaller, consists of a single rod emerging from a round bulb-shaped nuts. 

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