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many trees are killed by this parasite.

(scan-glitch ghosts of plate IX (top) and X, 90º cw; detail; levels 10 1.00 255)
Frederick Vernon Coville (1867-1937 *) and Daniel Trembly MacDougal (1865-1958 *). Desert Botanical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution.
Carnegie Institution of Washington, Publication No. 6 (November 1903)
Stanford copy, no date of digitization
google scan shown above
archive.org version opens to (intact) Plate IX, here, from which captions are taken —

Plate IX
Winter vegetation of the desert plain at Tuscon, Arizona, Santa Catalina mountains in the background. The prevailing brush, creosote bush (Covillea tridentata), appears in the middle of the picture. The herbaceous vegetation of the foreground consists mainly of green rosettes of plantain (Plantago). The cactuses are species of Opuntia.

Plate X
Cat’s claw tree (Acacia greggii) near Tucscon, Arizona, affected by a mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum). Many trees are killed by this parasite.

here’s wanting something about metamorphosis,
or turning page on season;
mountain unfurling unloading onto plain;
background frothing into foreground,
a mist of words in between.
these notes will do.

8 July 2016

deserts; metamorphosis; F. V. Coville and D. T. MacDougal, Desert Botanical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution (1903)