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Populus deltoides ssp. wislizeni
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!
Spotted at White Sands National Monument.
Lat: 32.79, Long: -106.21
Spotted on Oct 18, 2019
Submitted on Nov 24, 2019