Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)

Out on sea the temperature is balmy, but on land it’s a different matter. Close to noon, it must have been close to 40 celsius here on the slopes down to the brine water of Darwin’s Lake – scorchingly hot, despite a partly cloudy sky.

Without frequent rain, the water will quickly evaporate and thus the different species of plants have developed a range of strategies to survive the dry season.

The palo santo (Bursera graveolens) simply drops the leaves – just like the deciduous forests of Europe. The difference being sub-zero temperatures and little daylight and hot weather and no water.

It’s interesting to see how evenly they are distributed.

Native range is Mexico to Venezuela and Peru.

Isla Isabela
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Last updated on 30 June 2024