The Carpenteria Salt Marsh is home to many unique plants that can survive in the salty conditions of the marsh.The plants help the marsh survive by holding the sediment (dirt) in place so it does not wash away. One of these helpful and unique plants is Pickle Weed (right). It is a Summer flowering plant that turns bright red in cooler weather.
Plants are living organisms and include trees, herbs, bushes, grasses, vines, ferns, mosses, and green algae. The scientific study of plants is known as botany. All plants are classified and have scientific names. A plant's scientific name is the key to finding out all sorts of information about that plant species. Plants have a life cycle. Plants have the ability to adapt to their environment.
Terrestrial habitats around Placencia Lagoon support a dazzling array of unique plants and animals. Dozens of unique species of wild orchids grow in and around the mangrove forests of Placencia Lagoon. This flower, Myrmecophila tibicinis, is locally known as the "cow-horn orchid". It shelters symbiotic populations of ants that protect it from grazers.
The unique-looking but beautiful Sea Poison Tree is a species of endemic to mangrove habitats on the tropical coasts and islands of the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean like Philippines, Fiji, Taiwan, Zanzibar and New Caledonia. It is also known as Fish Poison Tree or Box Fruit due the distinct boxed like shaped fruit it produces.
The flowering tree Crateva religiosa is a flowering tree commonly called the Sacred Garlic Pear. Sometimes it is also called the Spider Tree because the showy flowers bear long, spidery stamens. Aside from the Philippines, it is also endemic to other Southeast Asian countries, Australia, Japan and many Pacific islands. It is grown elsewhere for fruit, especially in parts of the African continent. It is also commonly called Temple Plant.
Sundews are found throughout the world. These unique carnivorous plants attract their victims with a glistening morsel of nectar, or so the insect thinks! Once the insect gets stuck, the tendrils will close around the victim to sting and release an enzyme to start the digestion process. These plants make watching the action far easier as well.
Cinnabari Dracaena or dragon tree is a unique tree from Socotra archipelago. This tree is one of the bizarre trees in the world from the islands of Socotra because of its shape that like an umbrella. First published by Isaac Bayley Balfour in 1882. If You’re carefully look at it, this tree has become the icon in the Windows Network icon.