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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Alien on the desert

A giant yaret (Azorella Comptacta) covering completely a rock. This species looks like a moss and covers from small to large portions of the ground, yet the yareta is a flowering plant and not a moss, that grows in all parts of the Puna grasslands.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Bolivia
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Copyright: © João Doutel