New Mexico Plants: Mulberry Family

(Moraceae)

 

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 White Mulberry (Morus alba)

This fast-growing species is spread by birds that eat mulberry fruits. In the Bosque, White Mulberry plants tend to form tall shrubs in the understory below cottonwoods. This species holds the world speed record for plants: it ejects its pollen at up to 380 miles (610 km) an hour.