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Random Plant: Plains pricklypear

Ranging from Canada to Mexico, plains pricklypear¬†(Opuntia polyacantha, Cactaceae) is common throughout much of the west. One of several dozen native pricklypears, this particular species is well-adapted to a variety of habitats. This cactus can be found anywhere from the … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Striped willow leaf beetle larvae on a sandbar willow

When I visited Great Sand Dunes National Park earlier this month the sandbar willows (Salix exigua, Salicaceae)¬†along Medano Creek caught my attention. I noticed a lot of the leaves had been heavily foraged by some insect, and it didn’t take … Continue reading

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Nestled against the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of south-central Colorado are the tallest sand dunes in North America. Covering 30 square miles and rising to 750 feet in height, the dunes are the centerpiece in a … Continue reading

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