Taily weed plays a special role in the desert ecosystem it inhabits. The weed sometimes serves a nursing role in helping other plant species become established. For animals, the taily weed produces thousands of tiny berries year-round.
“To create a little flower is the labour of ages.” ~ British poet William Blake (1757 – 1827). Angiosperms (flowering plants) evolved 140 million years ago. A significant step in plant evolution, angiosperms encompassed the latest innovations: leaves, pollen, flowers and fruit. Angiosperms may have got their edge over simpler seed-bearers by developing drought-resistant features and rapid reproduction. But as Blake pointed out, the labor of the ages had hoary roots.