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Deception and Mimicry
By Branden Holmes on November 28, 2010

Deception in both the animal and plant kingdoms is one of the most amazing phenomena. Yet the phenomenon is quite easily explained, which betrays the seeming complexity that they present to us: “In the deserts of southern Africa, pebble plants¾also known as ‘living stones’¾blend so perfectly with their stony background that they can be spotted only during their brief flowering season. It is their way of coping with the threat of passing browsers…They are so skilled as mimics that each species is tied to a particular rock formation, imitating its form, colour or texture. Some even reproduce the shine of quartz grains.” (Nature’s Masterpieces, Readers Digest, pg. 90)

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