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Sonoran Desert Plants
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Abronia villosa (Sand Verbena) - perennial forb *
Achyronychia cooperi (onyxflower) - annual forb *
Asclepias erosa (Giant sand-milkweed, Hierba del Cuervo) - perennial forb
Astragalus insularis var. harwoodii (Sand locoweed) - annual forb *
Atriplex hymenelytra (Desert-holly) - subshrub
Brassica tournefortii (Sahara mustard, wild turnip, mostaza) - annual forb,introduced,extremely invasive *
Brassica tournefortii (Sahara mustard, wild turnip, mostaza) - annual forb,introduced,extremely invasive *
Camissonia arenaria (Sand evening primrose) - annual forb
Cenchrus incertus (Field sandbur, huipapori) - grass *
Chaenactis stevioides (Desert pincushion) - annual forb *
Cryptantha ganderi (Dune cryptantha) - annual forb
Dimorphocarpa pinnatifida (Dithyrea wislizenii) (Dune spectacle-pod) - annual forb
Dithyrea californica (Spectacle-pod) - annual forb *
Draba cuneifolia var. integrifolia (Wedge-leaf draba) - annual forb *
Drymaria viscosa (Drymaria) - annual forb
Ephedra trifurca (Canutillo, tepopote, long-leaved joint-fir) - medium shrub *
Eriogonum thomasii (Thomas buckwheat) - annual forb *
Eriogonum thurberi (Thurber buckwheat) - annual forb
Euphorbia setiloba (Chamaesyce setiloba) (Fringed spurge) - annual forb
Geraea canescens (Dune Sunflower, desert sunflower) - annual forb *
Grusonia kunzei (Opuntia kunzei) (Desert club cholla, Devil cholla) - low columnar cactus *
Hesperocallis undulata (Ajo lily, Desert lily) - perennial forb *
Lepidium lasiocarpum (Sand peppergrass) - annual forb *
Lepidium lasiocarpum (Sand peppergrass) - annual forb *
Lotus strigosus (Hairy lotus, desert bird's-foot trfoil, desert lotus) - annual forb *
Lupinus concinnus (Elegant lupine) - annual forb *
Malacothrix glabrata (Smooth desert dandelion) - 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
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
Palafoxia arida var. arida (Spanish needles) - annual forb *
Petalonyx thurberi subsp. thurberi (Sandpaper plant) - medium shrub
Proboscidea altheaefolia (Devil's claw, gato, una de gato, torito) - annual forb
Psorothamnus emoryi var. emoryi (Emory indigo-bush) - medium shrub
Sporobolus cryptandrus (Sand dropseed, zacate de arena) - grass *
Tetraclea coulteri (Coulter's wrinkle-fruit) - perennial forb
Tiquilia palmeri (Coldenia, crinklemats) - annual forb
Triteleiopsis palmeri (Blue sand lily) - perennial 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.

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.

* Specie page has photos.

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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