Living on the Edge
πŸ“Έ by @mikelibecki

A striking photo of a boswellia sacra tree growing on the very edge of a rock.

These trees can tolerate very harsh environments, like the rocky outcropping this one is thriving on – not many trees would be able to do the same.

Trees like the boswellia and others will develop buttress roots (large, wide roots) that grow up into the base of the trunk to bolster their grip on the shallow, nutrient-poor terrain.

This forms a sort of buffer that attaches it to the rock and ensures a certain stability, which aides the tree in remaining upright if and when a storm comes along and tries to blow it over.

This particular tree was photographed on Socotra Island, commonly referred to as the most alien-looking place on Earth.

The island is home to a high number of species that are unique to the island, and roughly one-third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet.



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