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They are called Elephant legs because the base of these trees look like one. I found some very old and large individuals, some of them 800 years old. See the last photo for scale. They are desert plants, they store water on the base of the trunk and the leaves are very slender to avoid evaporation.
Biosphere Reserve Theuacan - Cuautitlan in the Zapotitlan Basin.
Spotted on Jan 30, 2015
Submitted on Feb 23, 2015
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