Vegetable Sheep (Raoulia eximia)


In the novel this little bush features a lot.  From the distance it looks like sheep on the hillside.  Cushion-like white masses grow up to 60cm high by 2m long and 1m across.  Its branchlets are so tightly packed it is impossible to part them.  The interior of the plants contain a dense peaty mass of branchlets with old leaves.  Amazingly, during winter the plant may be covered by several metres of snow, whilst in summer it will be baked during the day and blanketed in frost at night.  A very cool plant indeed.


About lilyennis

Author, artist, martial artist, flautist, and cat fanatic. I live in Thames, NZ with four beautiful orange tabbies, a seal Siamese, a cockatoo and a husband. When I'm not agonising over my writing I'm Scottish Country Dancing or visiting art galleries and art trails with friends. I have been vegan since December 2013 and am loving it!

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