This is a beautiful picture of a dry tumbleweed in the desert. Plants have many ways to disperse their seeds. Shrubs who form tumbleweeds are uprooted in the whole after they are dry, and rolled and tossed around by the wind, spreading their seeds on the way.
The one in the photo was tumbling near Eilat, and captured by my husband last month in the disappearing evening sun, during a hike with his group.
It is a zilla spinosa (silon kozani - סילון קוצני), a rounded woody perennial shrublet, native to North Africa and Arabia. The very spiny plant reaches up to one and a half meters and has small pretty pink to purple flowers. Flowering spiny zilla bushes were found nearby too.
The shrub grows on dry non salty earth in arid desert like climate. It is a lovely sight in its blooming state as well as in being a large dry ball tumbling around and around...
Photos by Uri Eshkar