Ibervillea Sonorae: A Desert Plant
If you see this plant in the desert, you see only a dried chunk of loose wood. It has neither roots nor stems; it’s like an old gray knothole. But it is alive. Each year before the rainy season comes, it sends out a few roots and shoots. If the rain arrives, it grows flowers and fruits; these soon wither away, and it reverts to a state as quiet as driftwood.
-Joseph Wood Krutch [as quoted by Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek]