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The vegetation of the Mojave and Colorado deserts:

Plant Adaptations to Desert Conditions

ocotillo in the Colorado Desert
Ocotillo (Fouqueria splendens)

Due to the low rainfall and high temperatures found in deserts, evaporation exceeds precipitation. To cope with this situation, desert plants have evolved a wide range of structural and physiological adaptations to minimize water loss. These drought-tolerant plants, called “xerophytes,” may escape, avoid, or endure drought conditions, resulting in a wide assortment of strange and beautiful plant forms.


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