New Mexico Flora – on Lava Bed, Sand Dunes, Mesa and More

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New Mexico Flora – on Lava Bed, Sand Dunes, Mesa and More

Diverse Flora of New Mexico

New Mexico isn’t really an ideal place for the plants; at least that’s what I thought. There are several significantly rough geological features in New Mexico, for example, lava bed, sand dunes, 2000 m high mesa, and desert. What can grow here? However, I underrated the ability of nature, and the wonderful things they can do. Even if this tough environment, meaning dry and hot, there are beautiful plants are growing. They are just making themselves suitable and comfortable with the situation.

In the sand dunes, if the sand dunes are getting bigger due to the wind storm, the yucca plants make their stem grow longer so then can live on the higher sand dune. The grass is longer than normal ones, to beat the tough environment. Several kinds of cactus families are living in everywhere in New Mexico. Even people are living along with this strong and tough plants. Acoma people were used to, and still, are making painting brush out of the yucca plants, and they used to eat the banana yucca fruit. Not sure if they are still using the fruit. Sotol plants, commonly known as Desert Spoon is also used as food for Native Americans.

Once again, the great power of the mother nature is proven. The New Mexico flora surprise me. It is an amazing world. Here are few photos of the flora of New Mexico, who are adapting New Mexican desert.

Juno and big sotol plant at Guadalupe Mountains

Me with a big sotol plant at Guadalupe Mountains

The Banana Yucca in New Mexico

The Banana Yucca in New Mexico

Lisianthus aka Showy prairie gentian  at the White Sand Dunes

Lisianthus aka Showy prairie gentian at the White Sand Dunes

Cactus

Cactus bunch

Juniper tree in New Mexico

Juniper tree in New Mexico

Yucca plant at the white sand dunes

Yucca plant at the white sand dunes

Flowers on the white sand dunes

Flowers on the white sand dunes

Flower bunch on the while sand dunes

Flower bunch on the while sand dunes

Cactus

Cactus

Agave

Agave

Cactus

Cactus

Grass on the white sand dunes

Grass on the white sand dunes

Cane Cholla Cactus

Cane Cholla Cactus

Majestic Sotol in New MExico

Majestic Sotol in New Mexico

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

5 Comments

  1. Barbara says:

    Beautiful!! I love cactus, in particular, because I have a brown thumb (so-to-speak) and they are the only things I can grow. LOL! So to me, they are the greatest flora EVER.

  2. Stephen says:

    Beautiful plant life. Especially love the little flower bursting out of the White Sands.

  3. Waegook Tom says:

    Loving these photos, Juno! The lisianthus is probably my favourite – only because the yucca and sotol look like they could be some kind of evil grass-type Pokemon. Liking the cactii, too – reminds me of Jeju Island!

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Tom! Yes, true. The Lava bed remind me of Jeju as well! They must have similar flora live there… I’ll look more closely when I’m down there sometime!

  4. Noah says:

    Amazing how resilient life can be … we can learn so many lessons from these plants!

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