Here are some close-up photographs as a follow-up to yesterday’s entry on Larrea tridentata.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum provides an excellent article about the Zygophyllaceae or caltrop family, with over half of the text dedicated to the Larrea tridentata. The article highlights some of the oddities about this species, such as its biogeography (it is the only species in a genus of six species to be found in North America–the rest are in southern South America), the number of insect species reliant upon it (60, including 22 species of bees!) and how it is among the world’s oldest living things. Some of its common names are also discussed, including one that would be a good nickname for one of my cats (hediondilla).