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Abronia villosa (Sand Verbena) - perennial forb *
Abutilon malacum (Yellow Indian-mallow) - perennial forb
Achyronychia cooperi (onyxflower) - annual forb *
Acleisanthes longiflora (Angel's trumpets (ovate-triangular leaves)) - perennial forb
Acleisanthes longiflora (Angel's trumpets (lanceolate leaves)) - perennial forb
Acourtia wrightii (Brownfoot) - perennial forb
Allionia incarnata (Trailing four-o'clock) - annual forb *
Allium macropetalum (Desert onion, cebollin) - perennial forb *
Amaranthus fimbriatus (Fringed pigweed, Bledo, Quelitillo) - annual forb
Amaranthus palmeri (Careless weed) - annual forb,invasive
Ambrosia confertiflora (Slim-leaf ragweed, Estafiate) - perennial forb
Amsinckia intermedia var. intermedia (Fiddleneck) - annual forb *
Amsinckia tessellata (Checker fiddleneck) - annual forb
Anemone tuberosa (Desert windflower) - perennial forb *
Antirrhinum cyathiferum (Desert snapdragon) - annual forb
Argemone gracilenta (Prickly poppy, cardo, crested pricklepoppy, bluestem pricklepoppy, chicalote) - perennial forb *
Asclepias erosa (Giant sand-milkweed, Hierba del Cuervo) - perennial forb
Asclepias linaria (pine-needle milkweed) - perennial forb *
Astragalus insularis var. harwoodii (Sand locoweed) - annual forb *
Astragalus nuttallianus var. imperfectus (Small-flowered milkvetch) - annual forb *
Atriplex elegans ssp fasciculata (Wheel-scale orach, chamiso cenizo) - annual forb
Atriplex elegans ssp. elegans (Wheel-scale orach, chamiso cenizo) - annual forb
Atriplex pacifica (Pacific orach) - annual forb *
Baileya multiradiata (Desert Marigold) - perennial forb *
Baileya multiradiata (Desert Marigold) - perennial forb *
Baileya pleniradiata (Woolly desert-marigold, Tecomblate) - perennial forb *
Baileya pleniradiata (Woolly desert-marigold, Tecomblate) - perennial forb
Boerhavia erecta var. erecta (Spiderling) - annual forb
Boerhavia erecta var. intermedia (Spiderling) - annual forb
Boerhavia spicata (Spiderling) - annual forb
Boerhavia wrightii (Spiderling) - annual forb
Bowlesia incana (Hairy bowlesia) - annual forb
Brandegea bigelovii (Desert starvine) - perennial viny forb *
Brassica tournefortii (Sahara mustard, wild turnip, mostaza) - annual forb,introduced,extremely invasive *
Brassica tournefortii (Sahara mustard, wild turnip, mostaza) - annual forb,introduced,extremely invasive *
Caesalpinia glauca (Hoffmanseggia glauca) (Hog potato, camote de raton) - perennial forb
Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maids) - annual forb *
Calochortus kennedyi (Desert mariposa, Red mariposa-lily, Flame mariposa) - annual forb *
Calycoseris wrightii (White tackstem) - annual forb *
Camissonia arenaria (Sand evening primrose) - annual forb
Camissonia boothii ssp. Condensata (Woody bottle-washer) - annual forb *
Camissonia californica (California suncup, mustard evening primrose) - annual forb *
Camissonia chamaenerioides (Willow-herb evening primrose) - annual forb
Camissonia claviformis ssp. Claviformis (Brown-eyed evening primrose) - annual forb *
Camissonia claviformis ssp. Peeblesii (Brown-eyed evening primrose) - annual forb
Camissonia claviformis ssp. peirsonii (Peirson's brown-eyed primrose) - annual forb *
Camissonia claviformis ssp. Rubescens (Brown-eyed evening primrose) - annual forb *
Castilleja chromosa (Desert Paintbrush) - perennial forb *
Castilleja exserta (Orthocarpus exserta) (Purple owl clover) - annual forb *
Caulanthus lasiophyllus var. lasiophyllus (Cutleaf thelypodium) - annual forb *
Chaenactis carphoclinia (Pebble pincushion) - annual forb *
Chaenactis fremontii (Fremont's pincushion, morning bride) - annual forb *
Chaenactis stevioides (Desert pincushion) - annual forb *
Chamaesaracha coronopus (False nightshade, small groundcherry, green-leaf five-eyes) - perennial forb *
Chenopodium murale (Net-leaf goosefoot, chuhal, cuhal) - annual forb
Chorizanthe brevicornu ssp. Brevicornu (Brittle spine-flower, short-horn spine-flower) - annual forb *
Chorizanthe corrugata (Wrinkled spine-flower) - annual forb
Chorizanthe rigida (Rigid spineflower, rigid spinyherb) - annual forb *
Crassula connata (Tillaea erecta) (Pigmy-weed) - annual forb
Cryptantha angustifolia (Panamint cat's eye, popcorn flower) - annual forb *
Cryptantha barbigera (Bearded cryptantha) - annual forb
Cryptantha ganderi (Dune cryptantha) - annual forb
Cryptantha holoptera (Winged cryptantha) - annual forb
Cryptantha maritima var. maritima (White-haired cryptantha) - annual forb
Cryptantha maritima var.pilosa (White-haired cryptantha) - annual forb
Cryptantha micrantha subsp. micrantha (Dwarf cryptantha) - annual forb
Cryptantha pterocarya var. cycloptera (Wing-nut cryptantha) - annual forb *
Cuscuta umbellata (Flat-globe dodder) - parasitic forb
Dalea mollis (Silky dalea) - perennial forb *
Datura discolor (Datura wrightii) (Sacred datura, thornapple, western jimson) - perennial forb,halucinogenic and poisonous *
Daucus pusillus (Wild carrot, Zanahoria silvestre) - annual forb *
Delphinium scaposum (Bare-stem larkspur) - perennial forb,poisonous *
Descurainia pinnata (Tansy mustard) - annual forb *
Descurainia pinnata (Tansy mustard) - annual forb *
Dichelostemma capitatum subsp. pauciflorum (Blue dicks, wild-hyacinth, coveria) - perennial forb *
Dimorphocarpa pinnatifida (Dithyrea wislizenii) (Dune spectacle-pod) - annual forb
Ditaxis neomexicana (New Mexico ditaxis) - perennial forb
Ditaxis serrata var. serrata (Serrate ditaxis) - perennial forb
Dithyrea californica (Spectacle-pod) - annual forb *
Draba cuneifolia var. integrifolia (Wedge-leaf draba) - annual forb *
Drymaria viscosa (Drymaria) - annual forb
Dudleya arizonica (Gila live-forever) - perennial forb *
Eremalche exilis (Eremalche) - annual forb
Eriastrum diffusum (Miniature Woollystar) - annual forb *
Erigeron divergens (E.lobatus) (Desert fleabane) - annual forb
Eriogonum deflexum (Skeleton Weed) - annual forb *
Eriogonum deflexum (Skeleton Weed) - annual forb *
Eriogonum inflatum (Desert trumpet, bladder stem, guinagua) - annual forb
Eriogonum thomasii (Thomas buckwheat) - annual forb *
Eriogonum thurberi (Thurber buckwheat) - annual forb
Eriogonum trichopes var. trichopes (Little trumpet) - annual forb
Eriophyllum lanosum (White easter bonnets, woolly daisy) - annual forb *
Eriophyllum lanosum (White easter bonnets, woolly daisy (opposite leaves)) - annual forb *
Erodium cicutarium (Filaree, storksbill, heronsbill, alfilerillo) - annual forb,introduced,widespread
Erodium texanum (False filaree, desert storksbill) - annual forb *
Eryngium nasturtiifolium (Eryngium) - perennial forb
Eschscholtzia californica ssp. mexicana (Mexican Gold Poppy) - annual forb *
Eschscholzia minutiflora (Little gold poppy) - annual forb *
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. bipinnatifida (Chrysanthemum-leaved hideseed) - annual forb *
Eucrypta micrantha (Peluda, dainty desert hideseed) - annual forb
Euphorbia abramsiana (Chamaesyce abramsiana) (Golondrina) - annual forb
Euphorbia albomarginata (Rattlesnake weed) - perennial forb *
Euphorbia eriantha (Euphorbia eriantha) - annual forb *
Euphorbia florida (Chamaesyce florida) (Flowery spurge) - annual forb
Euphorbia micromera (Chamaesyce micromera) (Golondrina) - annual forb
Euphorbia pediculifera var. pediculifera (Chamaesyce pediculifera) (Louse spurge) - perennial forb
Euphorbia polycarpa (Chamaesyce polycarpa) (Desert spurge) - perennial forb *
Euphorbia setiloba (Chamaesyce setiloba) (Fringed spurge) - annual forb
Filago arizonica (Arizona fluffweed) - annual forb
Filago californica (California fluffweed) - annual forb
Gaillardia arizonica (Arizona blanket-flower) - annual forb *
Gaura parviflora (Lizard-tail, velvet-leaf gaura) - annual forb *
Geraea canescens (Dune Sunflower, desert sunflower) - annual forb *
Gilia latifolia (Broad-leaf gilia) - annual forb
Gilia latifolia (Broad-leaf gilia) - annual forb
Gilia stellata (Star gilia) - annual forb *
Gutierrezia arizonica (Arizona snakeweed) - annual forb
Gutierrezia sarothrae (broom snakeweed) - perennial forb
Hedeoma nanum var. macrocalyx (False pennyroyal) - perennial forb
Helianthus niveus (Dune sunflower (opposite leaves), Mirasol) - annual forb *
Helianthus niveus (Dune sunflower (alternate leaves), Mirasol) - annual forb
Heliotropium curassavicum (Alkali heliotrope, hierba del sapo) - annual forb
Herissantia crispa (Bladder mallow) - perennial forb *
Hesperocallis undulata (Ajo lily, Desert lily) - perennial forb *
Hymenothrix wislizeni (Yellow thimblehead) - forb
Hymenothrix wislizenii (Yellow thimblehead) - forb
Hymenoxys odorata (Bitterweed) - annual forb *
Kallstroemia californica (California caltrop, mal de ojo) - annual forb
Kallstroemia grandiflora (Orange caltrop, baiborin, mal de ojo) - annual forb
Langloisia setosissimum (Bristly calico) - annual forb *
Lappula redowskii (Stickseed) - annual forb
Lepidium lasiocarpum (Sand peppergrass) - annual forb *
Lepidium lasiocarpum (Sand peppergrass) - annual forb *
Lesquerella gordonii (Gordon's bladderpod) - annual forb *
Lesquerella tenella (Delicate bladderpod) - annual forb
Linanthus bigelovii (Bigelow linanthus) - annual forb
Linanthus bigelovii (Bigelow linanthus) - annual forb
Linanthus demissus (Desert snow) - annual forb *
Loeflingia squarrosa ssp. Cactorum (Loeflingia) - annual forb
Lotus humistratus (Foothill bird's-foot trefoil) - annual forb *
Lotus rigidus (Wiry lotus) - annual forb *
Lotus salsuginosus var. brevivexillus (Lotus salsuginosus) - annual forb
Lotus strigosus (Hairy lotus, desert bird's-foot trfoil, desert lotus) - annual forb *
Lupinus arizonica (Arizona lupine) - annual forb *
Lupinus concinnus (Elegant lupine) - annual forb *
Lupinus sparsiflorus (Arroyo lupine, Coulter's lupine) - annual forb *
Lyrocarpa coulteri (Lyre-pod) - perennial forb *
Machaeranthera coulteri var. arida (Psilactis) - annual forb *
Machaeranthera pinnatifida var. gooddingii (Spiny goldenweed) - perennial forb *
Malacothrix fendleri (Fendler's desert dandelion) - annual forb *
Malacothrix glabrata (Smooth desert dandelion) - annual forb *
Malvella leprosa (Dollarweed, alkali mallow) - perennial forb
Malvella sagittifolia (Malvella) - perennial forb *
Marina parryi (Parry's false prairie-clover) - perennial forb *
Menodora scabra (Twinberry, rough menodora) - perennial forb
Mentzelia affinis (Triangle-seed blazing-star, pega pega) - annual forb *
Mentzelia albicaulis (White-stem blazing star) - annual forb
Mentzelia involucrata var. megacantha (Stickleaf, silver blazing-star, pega pega) - annual forb *
Mentzelia multiflora (Blazing star) - perennial forb
Mirabilis bigelovii var bigelovii (Desert four o'clock, desert wishbone bush) - perennial forb *
Monolepis nuttalliana (Poverty weed, patata) - annual forb
Monoptilon bellioides (Mojave desert star) - annual forb *
Nama demissum (Purplemat) - annual forb *
Nama hispidum (Bristly nama, morada, sandbells) - annual forb
Nemacaulis denudata var. gracilis (Woolly heads) - annual forb
Nemacaulis denudata var. gracilis (Woolly heads) - annual forb
Nemacladus glanduliferus var. orientalis (Threadstem) - annual forb
Nicotiana clevelandii (Desert tobacco, tobaco del coyote) - annual forb *
Nicotiana obtusifolia (Nicotiana trigonophylla) (Desert tobacco) - perennial forb *
Oenothera arizonica (Arizona evening primrose) - annual forb
Oenothera deltoides subsp. deltoides (Dune primrose, White desert primrose) - annual forb *
Oenothera primiveris (Yellow desert primrose) - annual forb *
Oligomeris linifolia (Desert cambess, slender-leaf cambess) - annual forb
Orobanche cooperi (Desert broomrape, flor de tierra) - perennial forb *
Palafoxia arida var. arida (Spanish needles) - annual forb *
Parietaria floridana (Parietaria hespera) (Desert pellitory) - annual forb
Pectis papposa var. papposa (Desert chinchweed, Manzanilla del coyote) - annual forb *
Pectocarya heterocarpa (Mixed-nut comb-bur) - annual forb
Pectocarya platycarpa (Broad-wing comb-bur) - annual forb
Pectocarya recurvata (Arched comb-bur) - annual forb *
Penstemon parryi (Parry penstemon) - perennial forb *
Penstemon pseudospectabilis var. pseudospectabilis (Mojave beard tongue) - perennial forb
Penstemon subulatus (Arizona scarlet-bugler) - perennial forb *
Perityle emoryi (Desert rockdaisy) - annual forb *
Phacelia ambigua (Phacelia crenulata) (Scorpionweed) - annual forb *
Phacelia distans (Blue-eyed scorpion-weed) - annual forb *
Phacelia neglecta (Brittle phacelia) - annual forb *
Phaseolus filiformis (Slim-Jim bean, desert bean) - annual forb *
Phlox tenuifolia (Phlox) - perennial forb *
Pholistoma auritum var. arizonicum (Arizona fiesta flower) - annual forb *
Physalis lobata (Ground cherry) - perennial forb *
Plantago ovata (Plantago insularis var. fastigiata) (Woolly plantain, Indian wheat, pastora) - annual forb
Plantago patagonica (Plantain) - annual forb *
Polygonum argyrocoleon (Silversheath) - annual forb
Porophyllum gracile (Odora, hierba del venado) - perennial forbs,strongly scented foliage *
Portulaca halimoides (Portulaca) - annual forb
Proboscidea altheaefolia (Devil's claw, gato, una de gato, torito) - annual forb
Psathyrotes ramosissima (Desert velvet) - annual forb *
Rafinesquia californica (California chicory) - annual forb
Rafinesquia neomexicana (Desert chicory) - annual forb *
Salsola tragus (Salsola kali) (Russian thistle, tumbleweed, chamizo volador) - annual forb,introduced,invasive *
Salvia columbariae (Desert chia, chia, california sage) - annual forb *
Senecio mohavensis (Mojave groundsel) - annual forb *
Senna covesii (Cassia covesii) (Desert senna, daisillo, hojasen) - perennial forb *
Silene antirrhina (Sleepy catchfly) - annual forb
Sisymbrium irio (London rocket, pamita) - annual forb,introduced,widespread *
Solanum eleagnifolium (Silver-leaf nightshade, white horse-nettle) - perennial forb
Sonchus asper (Prickly sow thistle, chinita) - introduced weedy annual forb *
Sonchus oleraceus (Common sow thistle, chinita) - introduced weedy annual forb *
Spermolepis echinata (Scale seed) - annual forb
Sphaeralcea ambigua subsp. ambigua (Desert globe mallow) - perennial forb *
Sphaeralcea coulteri (Annual globe mallow, mal de ojo) - annual forb *
Sphaeralcea emoryi (Mal de ojo) - perennial forb
Sphaeralcea orcuttii (Orcutt globe mallow) - annual forb
Stephanomeria pauciflora var. pauciflora (Desert straw) - perennial forb *
Stephanomeria schottii (Schott's wire-lettuce) - annual forb
Stillingia linearifolia (Stillingia) - perennial forb *
Streptanthella longirostris (Long-beaked twist-flower) - annual forb
Streptanthus carinatus subsp.arizonicus (Arizona jewelflower) - annual forb *
Stylocline micropoides (Desert nest-straw) - annual forb
Tetraclea coulteri (Coulter's wrinkle-fruit) - perennial forb
Teucrium cubense subsp. depressum (Germander) - annual forb
Teucrium glandulosum (Germander) - perennial forb *
Thymophylla concinna (Manzanilla del coyote) - annual forb
Thysanocarpus curvipes (Lacepod) - annual forb *
Thysanocarpus curvipes (Lacepod) - annual forb *
Tidestromia lanuginosa (Honeysweet, Hierba ceniza) - annual forb
Tiquilia palmeri (Coldenia, crinklemats) - annual forb
Tribulus terrestris (Puncture vine, goathead, torito, toboso) - annual forb
Trichoptilium incisum (Yellow head, yellowdome) - annual forb *
Triteleiopsis palmeri (Blue sand lily) - perennial forb *
Uropappus lindleyi (Silver puffs) - annual forb *
Uropappus lindleyi (Silver puffs) - annual forb *
Verbena bracteata (Prostrate vervain) - perennial forb
Verbena bracteata (Prostrate vervain) - perennial forb
Verbena gooddingii (Glandularia gooddingii) (Goodding's vervain) - perennial forb
Verbena officinalis ssp. halei (Vervain) - perennial forb
Veronica peregrina subsp. xalapensis (Purslane speedwell, necklace-weed) - annual forb
Wislizenia refracta ssp. Refracta (Jackass clover) - annual forb

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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.

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