X is for Xerophyte

Xylem carries precious water up from root to stem, but is harder and woodier in xerophytic plants on salt marshes like those of the Camel where adaptations to dryness and saltiness mean water requirements are lower.  Zoning of the species that are able to grow up and down the mudflats is by their preference for more or less salinity and tidal soaking, they are among the most interesting but also most ignored plants along the river, but it’s well worth a stop and a look on the way into Wadebridge from Padstow.

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