The desert floras shame us with their cheerful adaptations to the seasonal limitations. Their whole duty is to flower and fruit, and they do it hardly, or with tropical luxuriance, as the rain admits. It is recorded in the report of the Death Valley expedition that after a year of abundant rains, on the Colorado desert was found a specimen of Amaranthus ten feet high. A year later the same species in the same place matured in the drought at four inches. Seldom does the desert herb attain the full stature of the type. Extreme aridity and extreme altitude have the same dwarfing effect, so that we find in the high Sierras and in Death Valley related we find in the high Sierras and Death valley related species in miniature that reach a comely growth in mean temperatures. Very fertile are the desert plants in expedient to prevent evaporation, turning their foliage edge-wise toward the sun, growing silky hairs, exuding thick gum. The wind, which has a long sweep ,harries and help them. It rolls up dunes about the stocky stems, encompassing and protective, and above the dunes, which may be, as with the mesquite, three times as high as man, the blossoming twings flourish and bear fruit.

What stops the desert floras from performing their duty well?

A) the rain

B) the desert sand

C) the people who pluck them

D) the desert animals

Correct Answer:
A) the rain

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