The “big octopus” in the African desert, where there is water, can live for more than a thousand years

Although most of us have never been to the desert, we will find that there is almost no life in the desert through pictures on the Internet or through some documentaries, so the desert is also called “the forbidden zone of life”. Standing in the desert and looking at it at a glance, there is nothing but yellow sand. If you can find an oasis in the desert, you will definitely feel that it is a miracle bestowed by God.

But in the desert in the southwestern part of the African continent, there is a plant that survives well in the desert. Everyone who passes by here will stop to look at it, or take pictures of it. Everyone was shocked when they first saw it, because this plant can not only survive in the desert, but it is also very big.

The name of this plant is the Millennium Orchid. The size of the Millennium Orchid is no less than that of a car, and the lifespan of this plant is very long, and it can exist in the desert for thousands of years. According to records, the longest living orchid in the desert is two thousand years old. Because the leaves of this plant stretch out like octopuses in the deep sea, it also has another name called “big desert octopus”.

Because it can survive in the arid desert, everyone will be shocked by its tenacious vitality. What is the tenacity of Chitose Orchid in the desert? Generally, plants that can survive in the desert will try their best to save more water, so their leaves will curl up to reduce the direct sunlight area.

But this is not the case for the millennium orchid. It not only has very large leaves, but also stretches its leaves to face the sun. Its leaves are 30 inches wide and up to 3 meters long, so the whole unfolding is a very spectacular sight. However, its leaves are very thick, which is also to lock in water, prevent them from evaporating easily, and at the same time protect itself from harm.

Not to mention the thousand-year-old orchid that has lived for thousands of years, even the thousand-year-old orchid that has only lived for a few decades is full of ravines and ravines. These are the traces left by flying sand and rocks in the desert. In fact, the millennium orchid is not just a foolish way to spread its leaves to bask in the sun. The leaves also have a very important function of collecting dew. Although there is little rain in the desert, dew is indispensable every morning. At this time, the millennium orchid will use its leaves to absorb as much water as possible, and the dew will eventually flow into the roots. This is the reason why orchids can survive in the desert for so long.