Partner of the Old Apricot Tree - Stenosolenium Saxatile

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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.

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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 Polygonum sibiricum, Salsola Collina and Chenopodium Acuminatum 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?

Stenosolenium Saxatile

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Borraginaceae; Stenosolenium; Latin name: Stenosolenium Saxatile; perennial herb.

Grow on low mountains and hills, plain grassland or fixed dune sand land in desert area. Basal leaves and lower leaves are in spoon-shaped line or oblanceolate shape line. The leaves near inflorescence are in oblanceolate shape line. The inflorescence grows on the top and gradually extends. The corolla is bluish violet, purpose or white. The nutlets are in triangular egg shape and usually form groups of 4.

Euphorbia Esula

640 (4).pngEuphorbiaceae; Euphorbia; Latin name: Euphorbia Esula; perennial herb.

Grow by the road side, among weeds, on hillside, under trees, along brooks, on barren mountain, sand dune and grassland. The leaves are in line form to egg shape with extremely unstable changes, apex acute or blunt. The root is wedge shape to truncation. The inflorescence is solitary on dichotomous top. The involucres are bell shaped. The capsules are in trigonous ball shape.

Cynanchum thesioides

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Asclepiadaceae; Cynanchum; Latin name: Cynanchum thesioides; perennial herb.

Grow on sandy land and gravel soil. There are opposite or near-opposite leaves in line form, apex acute. The root is wedge shape. The inflorescence is cyme and axillary with green-white corolla. The seeds are egg shape, flat and crineous. 

Carpesium Abrotanoides

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Boraginaceae; Lappula; Latin name: Carpesium abrotanoides; perennial herb.

Grow on grassland and hillside meadow. The basal leaves are in oval spoon shape, entire margin, apex blunt. The root gradually narrows and forms long handle. The corolla is in nattier blue, funnel shaped to mitriform. The nutlets are egg shaped.