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Desert Almond

(Prunus fasiculata)

This member of the rose family blooms in spring with small fragrant white flowers. In late summer, small almond-like fruits appear. When the Cahuilla Indians traveled through here, they ate the dried fruits. Today, Desert Bighorn sheep feed on the leaves while ground squirrels snack on both the fruit and flowers.

One of the most successful adapters to life in dry arid climates, the desert almond has small thick leaves which prevent water loss and help store moisture for the dry seasons.

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