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Azorella compacta

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Azorella compacta Yareta

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LisaPowers 7 years ago

Project Noah Fact of the Day: There are so many interesting facts about this unusual plant that we felt it was only right to share them all with you from this fascinating article from our friends at Science Friday!

Yareta (Azorella compacta) spotted in Bolivia by PN user PieterColpaert.

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Thx Joshua and Jason!

JoshuaGSmith 8 years ago

It looks alien. So cool.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago


PieterColpaert 9 years ago

Thank you Neil. It feels actually really hard, almost like stone. But it is not growing on rock, it is the plant itself. You can check the article DanielePralong posted here at the first comment, it explains everything a little bit more!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Now that is fascinating, Pieter. It looks like it's growing on rock. Can you tell me what it feels like? What's happening beneath all that beautiful green surface? Ava is right - this is an amazing being. So ancient, and beautiful.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago


dotun55 9 years ago

Awesome! Like dino poo : )

PieterColpaert 9 years ago

Thx again Daniele! And thank you Leuba, Gilma, Randy and Rosa for your nice comments!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Great to see this featured and that it is so popular! Extreme life forms are very interesting. Great pictures by the way Pieter!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

....and thanks to Daniele Pralong for the ID - interesting information.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Amazing and what lovely shapes ! especially when the rest of the place looks barren, dry and windswept. Thanks for sharing this, Pieter.

Gorgeous!! And so very interesting. Thank you for sharing, PieterColpaert.

RandyL. 9 years ago


Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 9 years ago

Nice I just heard about this on NPR! :)

PieterColpaert 9 years ago

Thank you very much KarenL and ProjectNoah, a great honour to be chosen as a fun fact!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

thanks for the fun fact karen

KarenL 9 years ago

Fun fact! The yareta is a flowering plant that only grows at altitudes of between 3,200 and 4,500 meters in the Puna grasslands of the Andes. Although some plants reach a massive size, it is estimated to grow just 1.5 centimeters per year, and many yaretas are believed to be over 3,000 years old.

PieterColpaert 9 years ago

Hi Ava T-B, it is not the 'exact' location because it is impossible to remember that in such a huge desolated area but it is definitely in that region. Unfortunately there were no signs of protection (only a circle of stones around it) and it is near a popular stop for tourist trips around the Uyuni salt flat. Luckily you still have to walk a bit to find it and I was the only one interested in that plant.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

I think this is an ancient and probably endangered organism. I hope your map pin is actually far off from where you saw this amazing "being."

PieterColpaert 9 years ago

Thank you ver much Mark. And thank you so much Daniele for the ID and the interesting article!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That makes a fantastic picture Pieter. Thanks for the good read Daniele.

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Potosi Department, Bolivia

Spotted on May 23, 2014
Submitted on May 23, 2014

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