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

5 thoughts on “New Mexico Flora – on Lava Bed, Sand Dunes, Mesa and More”

  1. 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. 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!

    1. 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!

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