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Bio Plant systematist in training at NMSU. Convinced Georgia O'Keeffe is my soulmate. WI -> OR -> NM

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image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "My favorite find so far this year.  Salvia henryi was last collected from Tortugas Mountain by E. O. Wooton in 1894. I c" - 1761779530776955803
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My favorite find so far this year. Salvia henryi was last collected from Tortugas Mountain by E. O. Wooton in 1894. I collected it again 124 years later.

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"Devil's claw" kinda hurts when it jabs into your ankles... (Proboscidea althaeifolia)

Instagram Image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "I got the green light to go surveying in the artillery test sites in the Organs. I've heard stories about unauthorized b" at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument - 1760422972914673038

I got the green light to go surveying in the artillery test sites in the Organs. I've heard stories about unauthorized botanists getting snagged by military helicopters out here, but now I don't have to worry about it.

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More corolla morpholgies from the arroyos. Nama hispida, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni, and Penstemon parryi.

image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "Yuccas are budding/blooming.  Can you tell they're related to asparagus? (Yucca treculeana)" - 1757698415271446920
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Yuccas are budding/blooming. Can you tell they're related to asparagus? (Yucca treculeana)

image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "Ocotillo is finally flowering in Las Cruces. (Fouquieria splendens)" - 1756274435641710498
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Ocotillo is finally flowering in Las Cruces. (Fouquieria splendens)

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Interesting 5 cm long corolla tubes on flaxflowered gilia. (Ipomopsis longiflora ssp. neomexicana)

Instagram Image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "Microscopic crystals in a Tradescantia cell.  I think they're oxalic acid crystals?" at New Mexico State University - 1751733361552215945

Microscopic crystals in a Tradescantia cell. I think they're oxalic acid crystals?

image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "Dwarf false-pennyroyal growing right out of the limestone on A/Tortugas Mountain and almost flowering. (Hedeoma nana)" - 1750908043631331837
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Dwarf false-pennyroyal growing right out of the limestone on A/Tortugas Mountain and almost flowering. (Hedeoma nana)

image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "Some unusual #biocrust . A mixture of fungi, cyanobacteria, algae, and miscellaneous microorganisms that stabilize the d" - 1750190697799306273
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Some unusual . A mixture of fungi, cyanobacteria, algae, and miscellaneous microorganisms that stabilize the desert soil.

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Prickly pear skeleton.

You have to slice a tubercle and see if it bleeds milk in order to ID these lookalikes to a species level. Sorry bud... (Mammillaria heyderi ssp. meiacantha)

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There's a friggin' right in front of me! This is the best I could do with my phone 😔

image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "If we get some rain any time soon, these strawberry hedgehog cacti will have tons of 6-inch neon flowers.  I haven't see" - 1745520751873896722
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If we get some rain any time soon, these strawberry hedgehog cacti will have tons of 6-inch neon flowers. I haven't seen one in flower yet, but it should be surreal when it happens. (Echinocereus stramineus)

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A few flower morphology observations that I never got around to posting here.

Botanizing on Tortugas Mountain.

image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "Teucrium fruticans ...I think." - 1741499143492576487
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Teucrium fruticans ...I think.

image by Alex Abair (@plantexplorer) with caption : "My white fishhook cactus is flowering. (Echinomastus intertextus)" - 1740759737995604634
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My white fishhook cactus is flowering. (Echinomastus intertextus)