Cryptolepis socotrana

I found this species only in this location during my two week stay on Socotra. It grows in a crack in the rock face of the Kalesan gorge – out of reach for the goats and thus protected. But come the annual monsoons and it will be in a torrent of water and debris grinding against it and the rock face.

It has a very distinct paired seed pod similar to the Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum).


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