These desert plants, Ocotillo and Prickly Pear, growing above the river, remind us how desert like this area can be. The Ocotillo, the plant with the long spindly stems, is quite interesting. The stems here are covered with small green leaves. If conditions become too dry, the leaves all dry up and fall off to conserve moisture. When water becomes more plentiful, the leaves grow again. If it's spring or summer, the plant will also bloom.
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