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Rio Grande cottonwood

Populus deltoides ssp. wislizeni

Description:

The Rio Grande cottonwood has adapted well to life in the desert. Even in the shifting sands at White Sands National Monument it thrives. Its presence is an indicator of a reliable water source. Trivia note: Groundwater can be found only 12-36 inches below the surface keeping the dunes at 99% humidity year round. This is also what keeps the dunes in place and not blowing away!

Habitat:

Spotted at White Sands National Monument.

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Brian38
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Brian38

New Mexico, USA

Spotted on Oct 18, 2019
Submitted on Nov 24, 2019

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