Rhinacanthus scoparius

In years of drought the huge number of goats on Socotra will eat anything that will not cause discomfort or poisoning. In years with sufficient moisture, they will first and foremost eat grasses.

This winter (2022/23) has seen a considerable amount of rain and thus excellent conditions for grasses and all flora. For this specimen it might not look as if it has been spared, but it has, as otherwise you would not se any flowers, just exhausted attempts of growth. Past years heavy browsing is clearly visible and very near the ground. This year’s growth is full of buds and shoots.

This is typical of Socotra flora, and only the species and specimens growing out of reach are seen as mature and vital.


Rhinacanthus scoparius

Last updated on 11 March 2023