Monsoon

While it doesn't stack up to south Asia's monsoon, what we call monsoon in Arizona is active this year. It's characterized not by regular torrential rains, but regular, small thundershowers developing over central, eastern and southern Arizona, with an occasional torrential rain.

The spotty rains result in anomalous vegetative growth. I visited Hillside, Arizona last week where the vegetation was green though the soil mostly dry. On the way back we passed near Wilhoit, Arizona where the vegetation was positively lush.

This morning I visited an area near Seven Springs where the rains have been relativelty abundant. Found millions of plants in seedling stages and some already in flower. I'm looking forward to visiting again in August and September.

Posted by stevejones stevejones, August 01, 2017 04:10

Observations

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Ornate Tree Lizard Urosaurus ornatus

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stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 10:41 AM MDT

Description

Tail looks like new re-growth.

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Cat Claw Mimosa Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 10:44 AM MDT

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Western Soapberry Sapindus drummondii

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 10:46 AM MDT

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Sonoran Scrub Oak Quercus turbinella

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 10:48 AM MDT

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Trans-Pecos Ayenia Ayenia filiformis

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stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 10:50 AM MDT

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 10:51 AM MDT

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Red-gland Spurge Euphorbia melanadenia

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 10:51 AM MDT

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Snapdragon Vine Maurandya antirrhiniflora

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 10:55 AM MDT

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 10:57 AM MDT

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Rough Menodora Menodora scabra

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:02 AM MDT

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Pancake Prickly-Pear Opuntia chlorotica

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:04 AM MDT

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Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus Echinocereus bonkerae

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:27 AM MDT

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Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:29 AM MDT

Description

Beat-up female ovipositing.

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Southwestern Pipevine Aristolochia watsonii

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:32 AM MDT

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Trans-Pecos Morning-Glory Ipomoea cristulata

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:32 AM MDT

Description

Seedling

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Texas Mulberry Morus microphylla

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:43 AM MDT

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Coville's Lip Fern Myriopteris covillei

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:43 AM MDT

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Beans Genus Phaseolus

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:44 AM MDT

Description

Seedlings

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Montezuma's Grasshopper Syrbula montezuma

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:47 AM MDT

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Golden Paper Wasp Polistes aurifer

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:49 AM MDT

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Red Barberry Berberis haematocarpa

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:49 AM MDT

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Sonoran Scrub Oak Quercus turbinella

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:50 AM MDT

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Gall Wasps Family Cynipidae

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 11:51 AM MDT

Description

Insect gall on Quercus turbinella stem.

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Acacia Skipper Cogia hippalus

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:53 AM MDT

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Banana Yucca Yucca baccata

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stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:54 AM MDT

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Noseburns Genus Tragia

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 11:54 AM MDT

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Dwarf Abutilon Abutilon parvulum

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:14 PM MDT

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Pretty Dodder Cuscuta indecora

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 12:20 PM MDT

Description

Several hosts including Acacia angustissima

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Prairie Acacia Acaciella angustissima

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 12:16 PM MDT

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Whitemargin Sandmat Euphorbia albomarginata

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:18 PM MDT

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Texas Milkvine Matelea producta

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 12:19 PM MDT

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Hyssop Spurge Euphorbia hyssopifolia

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:22 PM MDT

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Southwestern Mock Vervain Glandularia gooddingii

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:23 PM MDT

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Thornber's Buckhorn Cholla Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. thornberi

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:24 PM MDT

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Banana Yucca Yucca baccata

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:29 PM MDT

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Brown-spined Prickly-Pear Opuntia phaeacantha

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:30 PM MDT

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Christmas Cholla Cylindropuntia leptocaulis

Observer

stevejones

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July 31, 2017 12:30 PM MDT

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Engelmann's Prickly Pear Opuntia engelmannii

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 12:31 PM MDT

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Catclaw Acacia Senegalia greggii

Observer

stevejones

Date

July 31, 2017 12:31 PM MDT

Comments

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That's great! I'll be coming to SE AZ this August.

Posted by nathantaylor over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Some of the plants down in Patagonia look so lush in comparison with their standard ID photos (e.g. that Dyschoriste) because the rain is pretty much a daily occurrence!
I've been wondering if any parts of the Sonoran are having good blooms because of the monsoons - I paid zero attention last summer. Do tell if there are any hotspots worth visiting!

Posted by marissa-b over 2 years ago (Flag)

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