Lime sherbet on the desert?

llareta_thumbIntriguing lime green plants can be found throughout the Andes. In Spanish, this plant is called llareta. It is a member of the Apiaceae family, which makes it a cousin to parsley, carrots, and fennel.

The particularity of this lime green desert plant is that it grows very, very slowly — a little over a centimeter a year. Its hard surface is made of thousands of flowering buds at the ends of long stems, that are so densely packed, they create a compact surface. The plant is very, very dry, and makes for great kindling.

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  1. Read the article and watch the video. Describe what the plant looks like.
  2. How fast does the plant grow?
  3. Explain different uses of llareta.