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The Algodones Dunes sunflower. One of Slappy‘s favorite flowers that blooms in Glamis. So bright and beautiful, she always makes Slappy smile. 
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This is Slappy‘s favorite flower in Mother Glamis.  The Dune Evening Primrose.  She blooms at night, so beautiful and white.  And when you wake up in the morning and look out over the washes, there’s nothing but a blanket of white. Oh she makes Slappy wanna dance.

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The Sandfood. This is a strange and unusual plant that grows out on mother Glamis. She is a parasitic plant, in which she attaches her stem to the roots of other plants, such as the buckwheat, and uses the buckwheats nutrients for itself.  She is mushroom like in appearance, and on top of her mushroom heads bloom tiny purple flowers.  If you come across her, take some pictures, and try not to run her over, because she is rarely seen out on mother G.

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This is Mr. sidewinder rattlesnake. He is a regular out on mother G. He glides across the desert sand using a sidewinder motion, in which it allows him to move quickly across sandy slopes. And the track imprint that he leaves is in the shape of a J, or Slappy would rather say, a candy cane print.   He has a horn above each guy, probably to keep sand out of his eyeballs when da sand is blowing.  He is venomous, a pit viper, so don’t try and pet him.  He won’t bother you if you don’t bother him.

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The Fringe Toed Lizard.  This beauty performs incredible stunts out on mother Glamis using grace and speed.  They have elongated  scales that form a fringe on the outside of there hind toes.  These aid in their traction and speed allowing her to move quickly across the sandy desert floor. And in the blink of an eye she can perform a ‘shake’, in which you see her one second, and they disappear into the sand the next. It’s how they escape predators and also escape the heat of the desert sun. Their upper jaw overlaps their lower jaw to prevent sand particle intrusion. How cool is that.  Not many duners can out dune Ms. fringe toad lizard. Slappy has seen her leap off the ridge of a bowl, at full speed, and land 20 feet down the other side.  Pretty impressive.  
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The Desert Sand Verbena.   This little beauty can carpet the desert floor just like the dune evening primrose, especially after ample rain.  She will mix in with the Dune Evening Primrose and with the Peirson Milkvetch.  She is related to the creosote bush, and have trumpet shaped flowers. She is a beauty. 
 

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WAY back in 2007 for our Thanksgiving trip these two were keeping track of Mother Glamis ❤️

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On 8/11/2021 at 11:46 AM, Scataloni said:

WAY back in 2007 for our Thanksgiving trip these two were keeping track of Mother Glamis ❤️

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That’s a beautiful King right there Scat❤️

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Cool stuff Slappy, I love the detail facts about the plants and animals.  I missed this the first time, thanks for sharing!  I would love to see the lizard disappear 

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This be the Peirson’s Milkvetch, the single main reason the BLM closed 49,000 acres of our dunes.  The plant is named after Frank Peirson, a plant collector who discovered the plant in 1927. Slap don’t know what he was doing out on mother G in 1927 without a McSlappmachine; maybe dreamin of someday rippin bowls…Anyways, the Peirsons Milkvetch grows beautiful purple flowers and can reach over 2 feet tall. Milkvetch numbers, along with many other sand species, are heavily determined by rainfall amounts.  Boy this little beauty stirred quite a bit of controversy between environmentalists groups, the BLM, and off-road organizations. 
 

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