So far, one bud has colored up but not opened.
When one thinks of desert plants, the succulents usually come to mind. Cactus and agave plants store water in modified stems and leaves, respectively. But our area is a lowland populated largely by small trees and shrubs (there is not much to distinguish the two as all are bushy and size is mostly a question of available water). With these plants one of the most dramatic ways of coping with intense drought is leaf drop, which reduces moisture loss from leaf surfaces. This year many of the drought-deciduous species are nearly or entirely without leaves.
|Wild Palo Verde growing alongside our street|
|The very image of "drought-deciduous": Lycium and wild grasses...|
Meantime, life in the dry lands goes on.
|Bird's nest in cholla cactus|
|Larrea tridentata (Creosote bush)|