Panorama: Chihuahuan Desert vegetation

Title Info
Common name Agave
Scientific name Agave
Taxonomic group Agavaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Deserts
Selection and adaptations Extreme environments; Selection
Lessons Panoramas
Date January 05, 2010
Location Near Dos Cabezas,Chihuahuan Desert,Arizona,USA,North America
Panorama of Chihuahuan Desert vegetation Arizona
Related materials: Panoramas;Deserts
You may want to discuss with your students the different types of adaptations that the desert plants shown here demonstrate. Given that every leaf requires significant amounts of precious resources to create, note the toughness of the agave leaves, and how little herbivore damage they have suffered. You may also want to compare this and other desert panoramas for similarities and differences.

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The Chihuahuan Desert lies to the east of the Sonoran Desert. Just as the Sonoran is characterized by saguaro cactus, the Chihuahuan Desert's iconic plant is lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla), a close relative of the spiky agaves seen in this panorama.