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The frailejón is the most prominent plant of the páramo. There are many different types; there’s one that looks at first sight like a kind of palm tree (see post 18 August). The pith of this plant is a long spiral patterned pile of dead leaves around a hollow core, during the wet season it feels very spongy. The plant stores water in the pith, a buffer both against daily shortage, during freezing temperatures, and seasonal drought.