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Sotol - Thrincopyge alacris

Sotol - Thrincopyge alacris
Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
December 25, 2005
What the plant looked like. Maybe it's not in the same taxonomic family as the yucca. Probably closer to agave than to yucca.

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Agavaceae...
For what it's worth, Agave and Yucca are in the same taxonomic family, Agavaceae. This guy (Dasylirion wheeleri) is also in that family. And, just in case you were wondering, the green shrubby things in the background of the other sotol picture are tarbush, Ericameria laricifolia, and I'm going to guess you were near La Cueva, in which case the leafless shrubs are catclaw acacia (Acacia greggii)...

Anyways, do you live in Las Cruces? I'm a grad student at NMSU, don't often come upon other Crucians online.

Patrick Alexander
http://boechera.nmsu.edu/~paalexan/

 
Dripping Springs Nature Area
That's where the sotol shot was taken. Hop over a nearby fence and you're on BLM land, which is where I did some collecting, including a few of the grubs from the sotol stalk, which are surviving in a dry rolled oats/dogfood mix. (I assume others are prospering on their natural diet inside the chunk of sotol stalk I brought home.)

Thank you for providing the scientific names for the plantlife. I suppose I should spend a little time on plant taxonomy in order to increase the scientific value of my observations. Either that or marry a plant taxonomist who wants to spend a lot of time in the field.

I spent a week visiting in Las Cruces between Chistmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

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