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The vegetation of the Mojave and Colorado deserts:

Plant Adaptations to Desert Conditions

Occotillo, Needles, Ca.
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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