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Bow Willow Canyon contains one of the most isolated
stands of the California fan palm, Washingtonia filifera, the only palm native
to the southwestern United States. There
are several groves, the largest with seven specimens.
The dominant vegetation in the canyon, which is rather
narrow, with steep sides, and which rises 300 meters (1,000 feet) in less than
1,600 meters (1 mile), is creosote bush scrub, with creosote bush, Larrea
tridentata, ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens, Agave deserti and jumping cholla,
Fauna is typical of the Anza-Borrego area and is
comparatively abundant here.
area is virtually undisturbed. It
lies primarily within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
educational, observational, light recreational.
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