Images of dry tropical habitat: Namibia
Namibia is home
to the majority of the Namib Desert and the plant Welwitschia mirabilis,
along with a great diversity of other regions and organisms. To see
more images of Welwitschia, go to the
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Plants (and some lichens)
Welwischia mirabilis, one of the world's strangest- looking
- 2. A small grove of Aloe
dichotoma (Aloeaceae) at the eastern fringe of the central Namib
- 3. An unbranched species
of Aloe on the Khomas Hochland plateau west of the capital, Windhoek.
The person in the photo is my dad!
- 4. A giant member of
the Grape Family (Vitaceae), Cyphostemma currori, close to the
- 5. The tall bottle
tree Pachypodium lealii in northern Namibia.
- 6. The legume (Fabaceae)
Colophospermum mopane is one of the most important
trees in many parts of southwestern Africa.
- 7. Symphoristachys
sp. in the Euphorbiaceae, from northern Namibia.
- 8. and 9. Large
tracts of the Namib Desert are dominated by rich communities of lichens,
some of which form an easily-damaged crust on the soil surface, while
others grow on rocks or unattached. 7. shows 3 or 4 species of lichen
growing on rocks, while 8. shows one species of reddish lichen growing
on a rock covered with desert varnish.
- 10. and 11.
Pachypodium namaquanum (Apocynaceae)
in southern Namibia. These images are from the Horwood slide collection.
More images from this collection are on the Somalia
- 1. and
2. Tiny gecko (Rhoptropus?) in the central Namib.
Springbok (Antidorcas) in northern Namibia. The flowering shrub
is Acacia nebrownii (Fabaceae).
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