Over ten years ago on the barren mountain in Horinger, there was a lonely “apricot tree with a hundred years’ history”. That year, Mr. Niu Gensheng was facing such a barren mountain “with no bird in the sky, no grass on the ground and no treasure under the ground”. It was this old apricot tree that gave him the confidence and courage to promote the project of “ecological restoration and protection”. In such severe natural environment, even an apricot tree no one cares about can grow freely and stand erect for one hundred year; in that way, so long as we use scientific method and invest sufficient passion to love the land, we certainly can revitalize it. Today after ten years, the old apricot tree is no longer alone and the 40,000 mu of barren mountain have turned into green land. Animals like fox, hare, badger and roe deer, birds like Tadorna Ferruginea, Eurasian Spoonbill and Amur Falcon, and herbaceous plant like Taraxacum Mongolicum, Dracocephalum Moldavica and Incarvillea Sinensis have all appeared again and the biodiversity here has reached over 80 species. Look at these species in arid and semi-arid region, how many of them can you recognize?
Compositae; Taraxacum; Latin name: Taraxacum Mongolicum; perennial herb. Grow on hillside meadow, along roadsides, in the fields, and on flood land. The leaves are in obovate lanceolate, oblanceolate or oblong lanceolate. There are one or several scapes, covered by arachnoid, filiform, white and long pubescence. The involucres are bell-shaped. The achenes are obovate lanceolate, crineus. The upper part has thornlets and the lower part has tubercles arranged in rows.
Lamiaceae; Dracocephalum; Latin name: Dracocephalum Moldavica; annual herb. Grow on arid mountain land, in valley and stony areas in flood land. The basal leaves are oval triangular shape, grass texture. The tip is round and blunt and root is heart-shaped with sparse round teeth and long handle. The inflorescence is verticillaster. The corolla is light bluish violet. The nutlets are oval and the top is flat and smooth.
Bignoniaceae; Incarvillea; Latin name: Incarvillea Sinensisl; annual herb. Grow on hillsides and in fields. The alternative leaves do not aggregate at the base of the stem and there are 2-3 binato-pinnate cracks. The terminal inflorescence is raceme and the calyxes are bell shaped. The corolla is in mitriform funnel shape, light rose or pink or sometimes with pink. The capsules are light green and in thin cylinder shape. The end of the top gradually sharpens.
Compositae; Heteropappus; Latin name: Heteropappus Altaicus; perennial herb. Grow in desert land, sand land and arid mountain land. The leaves at the stem base are withered during flower season. The bottom leaves are strip shaped or rectangular-circular lanceolate, oblanceolate, or near spoon shape. The upper leaves are strip shaped and gradually narrows. The inflorescence is capitulum. Flowers grow solitarily on the end of branches or form umbrella shape. The achenes are flat and in obovate rectangular-circular shape.
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