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Aristida adscensionis (Six-weeks three-awn, zacate tres barbas) - annual grass *
Aristida californica var. californica (California three-awn, tres barbas de California) - perennial grass *
Aristida parishii (Parish three-awn) - annual grass *
Aristida purpurea var. nealleyi (A. glauca) (Purple three-awn, tres barbas) - annual grass *
Aristida ternipes var. gentilis (A. hamulosa) (Poverty three-awn, zacate arana de tres barbas) - perennial grass *
Aristida ternipes var. ternipes (Spidergrass, zacate arana) - perennial grass *
Bothriochloa barbinodis (Andropogon barbinodis) (Cane bluestem, zacate popotillo) - perennial grass *
Bouteloua aristidoides (Six-weeks needle grama, aceitilla, navajita) - annual grass *
Bouteloua barbata (Six-weeks grama, navajita, zacate liebrero) - annual grass *
Bouteloua trifida (Red grama, navajita china) - perennial grass *
Brachiaria arizonica (Panicum arizonicum) (Piojillo de Arizona) - annual grass *
Bromus carinatus (California brome) - grass *
Bromus rubens (B. madritensis ssp. Rubens) (Foxtail brome, red brome, bromo rojo) - introduced annual grass *
Cenchrus incertus (Field sandbur, huipapori) - grass *
Chloris virgata (feather fingergrass, cola de zorra, zacate lagunero) - annual grass *
Cynodon dactylon var. dactylon (Bermuda grass, zacate bermuda, zacate ingles) - introduced invasive stoloniferous perennial grass *
Digitaria californica (Trichachne californica) (Cottontop, zacate punta blanca) - perennial grass *
Echinochloa colonum var. colonum (Junglegrass, junglerice, leopard grass, zacate rayado, zacate pinto, zacate tigre) - annual grass *
Echinochloa crusgalli var. crusgalli (Barnyard grass, zacate de agua, zacate de corral) - introduced annual grass *
Enneopogon desvauxii (Spike pappusgrass, zacate lobero) - perennial grass *
Eragrostis cilianensis (Stinking lovegrass, zacate apestoso) - introduced annual grass *
Eragrostis lehmanniana (Lehmann lovegrass, zacate africano) - introduced perennial grass *
Eriochloa aristata var. aristata (Bearded cupgrass, zacate taza) - annual grass *
Erioneuron pulchellum (Tridens pulchellus) (Fluff-grass, zacate borreguerro) - perennial stoloniferous grass *
Festuca octoflora (Vulpia octoflora) (Sixweeks fescue, eight-flowered fescue, fescua) - annual grass *
Heteropogon contortus (Tanglehead, zacate colorado) - perennial grass *
Hordeum murinum ssp. Glaucum (Wild barley, cebadilla silvestre) - introduced annual grass *
Leptochloa mucronata (L. filiformis) (Red sprangletop, zacate salado, desparramo rojo) - annual grass *
Leptochloa viscida (Sticky sprangletop, zacate salado pegajoso) - annual grass *
Muhlenbergia microsperma (Littleseed muhly, liendrilla chica) - annual grass *
Muhlenbergia porteri (Bush muhly, zacate aparejo) - perennial grass *
Panicum alatum var. alatum (Panicum) - grass
Panicum hirticaule var. hirticaule (Mexican panicgrass) - grass *
Pennisetum ciliare (Cenchrus ciliaris) (Buffelgrass, zacate buffel) - introduced,invasive perennial grass
Pennisetum setaceum (P. ruppelii) (Fountain grass) - introduced, invasive perennial grass *
Phalaris minor (Little-seed canary grass, alpisillo, alpiste silvestre) - annual grass *
Pleuraphis rigida (Hilaria rigida) (Big galleta, galleta grande, tobosa) - large perennial grass *
Poa bigelovii (Bigelow bluegrass, zacate azul nativo) - annual grass *
Schismus arabicus (Arabic schismus) - introduced annual grass *
Schismus barbatus (Mediterranean grass) - introduced annual grass *
Setaria leucopila (White-haired bristlegrass, zacate temprano) - grass *
Sorghum halepense (Johnson grass, zacate johnson) - introduced perennial grass *
Sporobolus airoides (Alkali sacaton, zacaton alcalino) - grass *
Sporobolus cryptandrus (Sand dropseed, zacate de arena) - grass *
Tridens muticus var. muticus (Slim tridens) - perennial grass *

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The scope of this page is to provide links to information and images of most or all of the plant species native to the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona. Currently, not all the species in this region are on the list, but more will be added from time to time. Information and images for species already on the list are continually being added and updated. Because of this, be sure to check back occasionally.

The plant identification page and the plant images are meant to be only a first step in the identification process. In spite of our best efforts, it is not possible to insure that 100% accuracy in identifying unknown plants can be obtained by using search keys and photographs. When it is of critical importance to be absolutely sure of the identification of a plant, a specimen must be examined by a professional botanist and verified at a recognized herbarium.

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Questions and comments are encouraged. If you have any of these or are in disagreement with any information or images being presented, please contact us at, content_mgr@cabezaprieta.org Feedback is necessary to enable us to correct incorrect information and to further fine-tune the identification process.






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