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Spider Plant and Moss Campion
Spider Plant and Moss Campion

Even though there isn’t much plant life, I’m always fascinated with it. It’s really nice to see how these little plants can survive and even reproduce, despite the growing season of only 30 days… To be able to do this, they have all kinds of adaptations. In this picture you see at least two of them. First the green “dome” of the Moss Campion. They form cussions which increases the temperature of the plant a bit, making it a bit easier to live in this harsh place. The Spider Plant has another adaptation to another Arctic problem. As there are only very few insects, pollination can be a problem. The spider plant, as many other Arctic plants therefor not only rely on insects, but also have a way of asexual reproduction. In the case of the Spider Plant he produces runners, at the end of which can grow new plants. Genetically identical of course, but that’s always better as having no offspring at all…

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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