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The Desert and the River

TUMBLEWEEDS

Many steppe plants use the wind to disperse their seeds. Different Feather grasses (on the drift sands here especially Stipa borysthenica) have seeds with long flag-like awns, which are carried by wind until they are caught somewhere and bore into the soil.

Field Eryngo (Eryngium campestre) uses a different strategy; when the seeds are ripe, the whole plant dries, and the part above the ground breaks off and tumbles away in the wind dispersing the seeds. That’s where the name “tumbleweed” comes from. Apart from Field Eryngo the local tumbleweeds include also Baby's-breath (Gypsophila paniculata), known by the local people as „Bride’s vail“.

GPS position

N 48° 55.440', E 17° 15.757'
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Contact

Vzdělávací a informační středisko Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
Marie Petrů
Tel.:518 322 545
e-mail:visbk@bilekarpaty.cz
http://www.bilekarpaty.cz