Sonoran desert field botany

I accompanied my pal and fellow botanist Liz Makings and her Sonoran desert field botany class from Arizona State University to the Sunrise Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve today. I didn't count, but there were 35 or 40 students! Did my heart good to see that much interest. I managed to squeeze off some not-great photos along the way. Many were immature plants not yet in flower, but some early poppies and my first lupine of the season were among them. The upper segment of Sunrise east of Lost Dog is generally a great place to see wildflowers. Poppies, lupines, distant phacelia (found in profusion throughout the preserve), Arizona fiesta flower, New Mexico plumeseed, delphinium, flax, gilia, several mustards, bluedicks and a number of others can be expected there. Add shrubs like chuparosa, ocotillo and brittlebush, and it's one of the best wildflower locations in the preserve.

Posted by stevejones stevejones, February 18, 2017 01:14

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Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens

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February 17, 2017 11:58 AM MST

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California Barrel Cactus Ferocactus cylindraceus

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February 17, 2017 12:00 PM MST

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February 17, 2017 12:02 PM MST

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Desert Plantain Plantago ovata

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February 17, 2017 12:02 PM MST

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Brittlebush Encelia farinosa

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February 17, 2017 12:05 PM MST

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Triangle-leaf Bursage Ambrosia deltoidea

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February 17, 2017 12:06 PM MST

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Buckhorn Cholla Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

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February 17, 2017 12:09 PM MST

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Berlandier's Wolfberry Lycium berlandieri

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February 17, 2017 12:19 PM MST

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Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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February 17, 2017 12:20 PM MST

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Chuparosa Justicia californica

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February 17, 2017 12:21 PM MST

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Arizona Desert-Thorn Lycium exsertum

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February 17, 2017 12:21 PM MST

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Creosote Bush Larrea tridentata

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February 17, 2017 12:22 PM MST

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February 17, 2017 12:22 PM MST

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Dozens of Clasping Leaf Gall Midge galls on this single Larrea tridentata.

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Brittlebush Encelia farinosa

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February 17, 2017 12:27 PM MST

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Finally some in flower! These are in landscape at the trailhead.

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Mexican Golden Poppy Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana

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February 17, 2017 11:23 AM MST

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Hairypod Pepperweed Lepidium lasiocarpum

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February 17, 2017 11:09 AM MST

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Blue Dicks Dichelostemma capitatum

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February 17, 2017 11:07 AM MST

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Texas Stork's Bill Erodium texanum

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February 17, 2017 11:19 AM MST

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Vegetative growth only

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Coastal Bird's-foot Trefoil Acmispon maritimus var. brevivexillus

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February 17, 2017 11:26 AM MST

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Single flower; otherwise vegetative growth only

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Small-flowered Milkvetch Astragalus nuttallianus

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February 17, 2017 11:26 AM MST

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Vegetative growth only

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Arizona Spikemoss Selaginella arizonica

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February 17, 2017 11:27 AM MST

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Mexican Golden Poppy Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana

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February 17, 2017 11:28 AM MST

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Beetle Spurge Euphorbia eriantha

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February 17, 2017 11:29 AM MST

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Lousy photo taken in a hurry, but I wanted to log the location.

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Desert Larkspur Delphinium parishii

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February 17, 2017 11:31 AM MST

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Arizona Pholistoma Pholistoma auritum var. arizonicum

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February 17, 2017 11:32 AM MST

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Lesser Yellowthroat Gilia Gilia flavocincta

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February 17, 2017 11:36 AM MST

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Vegetative growth only

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Sand Fringepod Thysanocarpus curvipes

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February 17, 2017 11:37 AM MST

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Mostly vegetative growth and a few flowers

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Wavy Scale Cloakfern Astrolepis sinuata

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February 17, 2017 11:41 AM MST

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Spiny Cliff-Brake Pellaea truncata

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February 17, 2017 11:43 AM MST

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Mexican Golden Poppy Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana

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February 17, 2017 11:45 AM MST

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Coulter's Lupine Lupinus sparsiflorus

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February 17, 2017 11:47 AM MST

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Really great stuff, Steve! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and interest with these students too. :)

Posted by sambiology almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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I need to go on a local botany outing so I can learn all these mystifying desert plants!

Posted by marissa-b almost 3 years ago (Flag)

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