April 17, 2008 Update

 

 

TOWNSHIP 12 SOUTH, RANGE 04 WEST, PIMA COUNTY, ARIZONA

Gila and Salt River Baseline and Meridian

 

 

“An increasing need for careful husbandry of the earth’s natural resources has renewed interest

in the classification and mapping of ecosystems. The inventory of our remaining biotic entities is particularly urgent because the increased aspirations of a constantly growing world population

are placing ever greater stress on these generous, but finite, living resources.”

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, General Technical Report RM-73

 

 

 

This photograph was taken looking northeast toward the Batamote Mountains.

William T. Kendall June 25, 2005

 

 

“To know the desert involves an acquaintance with all its aspects, and all its physical features,

as well as all of the animals and plants that have learned how to find in it a congenial place to live. The

most significant lesson that the desert dweller can learn from a familiarity with its plant and animal life is to

 regard himself not as an exile from some better place, but as a man at home in an environment to which his life can be adjusted without physical or intellectual loss.” Forest Shreve, The Cactus and

Its Home (Found in Discovering the Desert, by William G. McGinnies)

 

 

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS AND SOURCES OF INFORMATION

 

 

William T. Kendall *WTK (observation date, if shown)*

 

Arizona Game and Fish Department, Heritage Data Management System - Special Status Species Reports *8*

 

Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) *85 (date, if shown is of a search for information on species)*

 

E. Lendell Cockrum, 1960. The Recent Mammals of Arizona: Their Taxonomy and Distribution, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona. This Inclusion is based on the general distribution maps and statements. *118 (distribution note, map - Figure Number and Page Number)*

 

 

 

SPECIES DISTRIBUTION LISTINGS

 

 

Species Distribution Listings are being developed to encourage and promote the conservation of local native animals and plants. Species Distribution Listings are developed for legally defined geographic areas, and larger bodies of water. Listings include species reported as having been observed in or reported from the described area. Due to continuing additions and corrections the listings should be considered works in progress. The source(s) used for the inclusion of the species in a listing is highlighted in green *00* in the footnotes. Due to the lack of first hand knowledge, in the listing of animals, unless otherwise noted in the footnotes, species may be included based on general distribution maps and/or statements and not on an actual sight record. I recommend that we consider a species as being “confirmed” to a township or general listing area only after we have at least three recorded sightings, cited in the footnotes, with no more than one of those records being based on general distribution mapping for the species. Note that the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) *85* may have several collections recorded for a species within any given township or listing area, and that the date shown in parentheses is a date of the search of their records and not a date of recorded sighting.  Note also that many of the individual species collection records found in SEINet include additional associated species.

 

Individual species records are presented alphabetically by division, class, family and genus within their kingdoms. Following the scientific name is the authority, common synonym(s), common name(s), a general description of the species habitat, the biotic communities in which it has reportedly been observed and footnotes. An attempt is being made to identify the range in mature (flowering/fruiting) heights reported for the plants. The habitat description is provided in order to help you visualize the types of natural habitats the species is found in and ones in which it might be planted back into in a landscape or restoration project. The range in elevation has been rounded off to the nearest 100 feet up, for the higher elevation or down, for the lower elevation. Species reported from within 0 to 100 feet as their lower elevation limit have been recorded as occurring “from sea level”. Species once reported as having occurred within the described area, but that no longer occurs there are shown are having been EXTIRPATED. This list includes species that are not native to Arizona (EXOTIC). Exotic plants are not recommended for use in landscaping or restoration projects. Disjunct species, outliers and plants on the edge of the main population, as observed by the surveyor, may be noted as being PERIPHERAL PLANT(S). Landscaped plants are not included in the listings unless they have become naturalized into the surrounding native environment.

 

Local native plants are recommended for use in landscape and restoration projects. Many native species require little, if any, irrigation once established. Ideally restoration should include those plants that were native to the property prior to clearing. In order to determine what plants were native to the property you might try to locate photographs of the property prior to clearing or look for natural areas and remnant populations and plants adjacent to where the restoration is to take place. Plants should be planted in their approximate original habitat and density.

 

The use of native plants in landscape and restoration projects encourages native animals to remain in the area and helps to retain the areas natural beauty and unique identity and heritage.

 

Species Distribution Lists are periodically updated and revised. These listings have been created and maintained by William T. Kendall. Questions, concerns, corrections and comments, including the reporting of unrecorded species and information relating to historical distributions, may be sent to the following address: Kendall Environmental Surveys, P.O. Box 86091, Tucson, Arizona 85754-6091, or E-mail to:KendallEnvironmentalSurveys@msn.com.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: The information presented as township notes has been obtained from large scale mapping and should be used only as a general guide. These listings are not meant to take the place of on-site surveys for species. Information used in these lists is accepted from biologists and individuals interested in helping to promote the conservation of our natural resources. Mistakes are made in the identification of species and in the recording of information, and changes in nomenclature occur. For these reasons I can not and do not warrant the accuracy of these listings. Attempts are made to keep the information contained in the Species Distribution Listings as accurate as possible, but Kendall Environmental Surveys disclaims any implied warranty or representation about its accuracy, completeness, or appropriateness for any particular purposes. Users of the information found in the listings assume full responsibility for their use of the information and understand that Kendall Environmental Surveys is not responsible or liable for any claim, loss, or damage resulting from its use.

 

 

CAUTION: Many native desert plants have sharp thorns and spines. Care should be given when handling these plants and consideration should be given to public safety at sites where they are to be planted. Range plants having a known toxic or poisonous property may be so noted. Footnotes for plants whose sources may have cautionary statements, comments and information on rarely poisonous or suspected poisonous range plants may be shown in red (*00*). Many poisonous plants are similar in appearance to edible ones. No field collected plant should be eaten unless you know for a fact that it is safe for you to do so.

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

Introduction

 

Township Notes

 

Conservation Related Organizations and Nurseries

 

Listing of Plants

 

Kingdom Plantae: The Plant Kingdom

Subkingdom Tracheobionta: The Vascular Plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta: The Seed Plants

Division Magnoliophyta: The Flowering Plants

Class Liliopsida: The Monocots

Class Magnoliopsida: The Dicots

 

Listing of Animals

 

Kingdom Animalia: The Animal Kingdom

Subkingdom Metazoa: The Multicellular Animals

Section Deuterostomia: The Deuterostomes

Phylum Chordata: The Chordates

Subphylum Vertebrata: The Vertebrates

Class Aves: The Birds

Class Mammalia: The Mammals

Class Reptilia: The Reptiles

 

Acknowledgements

 

Species Distribution Listings Footnotes and References

 

 

 

 

TOWNSHIP NOTES

 

 

LOCATION: This township is located in northwestern Pima County in south-central Arizona. A portion of this township is located within the Tohono O’odham Nation.

 

LANDMARKS: The southeastern portion of the Batamote Mountains is located in the northwest quarter of this township. The north end of the Pozo Redondo Mountains is located in the southwest quarter of this township. The Sikort Chuapo Mountains are located in the eastern half of the east half of this township. A portion of this township is located in the Pozo Redondo Valley. Named washes include the Tenmile Wash and Sikort Chuapo Wash. Named Gaps include the Burro Gap.

 

ELEVATION: Elevations range from approximately 1,690 feet in the Sikort Chuapo Wash on the west township line to approximately 2,801 feet at a peak in the Sikort Chuapo Mountains in the southeast quarter of the township (1).

 

PHYSIOGRAPHIC PROVINCE: This township is located within the Sonoran Desert Section of the Basin and Range Physiographic Province (2).

 

SOILS: Soils have been described as being Hyperthermic (very hot) Arid Soils (soils with mean annual soil temperatures of more than 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Centigrade) and less than 10 inches (25 cm)  mean annual precipitation) of the Gunsight-Rillito-Harqua Association (deep, gravelly, calcareous soils on the upper slopes) and the Rock Outcrop-Lomitas-Cherioni Association (rock outcrops and very shallow, and shallow soils on low hills and mountains) with isolated areas of Rock Outcrop and shallow soils (3).

 

BIOTIC COMMUNITY: Portions of this township are located within the Lower Colorado River and Arizona Upland Subdivisions of the Sonoran Desertscrub Regional Formation of the Desertscrub Formation with associated Wetlands (4).

 

 

Map Printed from TOPO! R C 2002 National Geographic

 

Map of Township and Adjacent Sections

 

 

 

A FEW OF THE NATIVE PLANTS REPORTED AS OCCURRING IN THIS TOWNSHIP THAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED FOR USE IN LANDSCAPE AND RESTORATION PROJECTS

 

 

Trees and Large Shrubs (over 7 feet in height)

 

Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea - 5’ to 60’)

Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina - 2’ to 56’)

Blue Paloverde (Parkinsonia florida - 40” to 40’)

Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis subsp. arcuata - 10’ to 33’)

Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota - 10’ to 33’)

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens - 5’ to 33’)

Foothill Paloverde (Parkinsonia microphylla - 6’ to 26’)

Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus thurberi - 5’ to 25’)

Catclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii var. greggii - 40” to 25’)

Desert Hackberry (Celtis ehrenbergiana - 3’ to 20’)

Whitethorn Acacia (Acacia constricta - 2’ to 18’)

Emory Crucifixion Thorn (Castela emoryi - 3’ to 15’)

Chain-fruit Cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida - 3’ to 15’)

Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi - 8” to 15’)

Kearney Snakewood (Condalia warnockii var. kearneyana - 40” to 13’)

Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia arbuscula - 3’ to 12’)

Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata var. tridentata - 20” to 12’)

Cane Cholla (Cylindropuntia spinosior - 16” to 10’)

Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii - 3’ to 9’)

Desert Honeysuckle (Anisacanthus thurberi - 3’ to 8’)

Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens - 3’ to 8’)

Emory Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus emoryi - 1’ to 8’)

 

 

Vines and Climbers

 

Hartweg Twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides subsp. heterophyllum - 20” to 40’)

 

 

Shrubs (2 to 7 feet in height)

 

Major Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. major - 32” to 7’)

Canyon Ragweed (Ambrosia ambrosioides - 1’ to 7’)

Desert Pricklypear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii - 20” to 6’)

White Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa - 18” to 6’)

Desert Christmas Cactus (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis - 1’ to 6’)

California Copperleaf (Acalypha californica - 20” to 5’)

White Rantany (Krameria grayi - 1’ to 5’)

Triangleleaf Bursage (Ambrosia deltoidea - 1’ to 4’)

White Bursage (Ambrosia dumosa - 7” to 40”)

 

 

Shrubs (under 2’), Subshrubs, Herbs and Small Succulents

 

Coulter Globemallow (Sphaeralcea coulteri - 6” to 5’)

Parry Penstemon (Penstemon parryi - 2’ to 4’)

Desert Senna (Senna covesii - 12” to 24”)

Mexican Gold Poppy (Eschscholzia californica subsp. mexicana - 4” to 24”)

Desert Zinnia (Zinnia acerosa - 4” to 20”)

Bundle Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus fasciculatus - 4” to 18”)

Mojave Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus subsp. mojavensis - 8” to 16”)

White Tackstem (Calycoseris wrightii - 10” to 12”)

Mohave Desertstar (Monoptilon bellioides - 1” to 12”)

Orcutt Lupine (Lupinus concinnus subsp. orcuttii 6” to 10”)

Yellow Desert Evening-primrose (Oenothera primiveris - 2” to 8”)

Miniature Woollystar (Eriastrum diffusum - 1½” to 8”)

Purplemat (Nama demissum var. demissum - ½” to 3”)

Texas Stork’s Bill (Erodium texanum - to 2”)

 

 

 

 

CONSERVATION RELATED ORGANIZATIONS AND NURSERIES

 

 

 

Arizona Department of Agriculture

http://www.azda.gov/

 

The Arizona Department of Agriculture enforces the sections of the Arizona Revised Statutes commonly referred to as the “Arizona Native Plant Law”. The Native Plant Law requires, in part, that anyone who is clearing land notify the State of Arizona in advance of the clearing. Some land owners involved in the clearing of land allow for nurseries and people who are interested in salvaging plants to do so prior to the clearing. The Arizona Department of Agriculture posts these notifications in their county offices. You may also contact the Arizona Department of Agriculture and, for a fee, be put on a mailing list of people receiving copies of the Notices of Intent to Clear Land.

 

Contact Information: Arizona Department of Agriculture, 1688 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007; 602-542-4373.

 

 

 

Arizona Native Plant Society

http://aznps.org/

 

The Arizona Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization devoted to Arizona's native plants. Its mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation, and restoration of Arizona native plants and their habitats. They work with the Southwest Rare Plant Task Force to develop strategies for protecting rare species and their habitats; they keep abreast of conservation issues concerning native plants species and responds to those through their Conservation Committee; they promote the use of native species in residential and commercial landscapes; they publish the Plant Press, support the publication of scholarly works and maintains a website with information and links about native plant, and they host a series of statewide events that provide forums to learn from professionals. Member activities and benefits include chapter and statewide gatherings; field trips and educational presentations; conservation through education, outreach and restoration; habitat restoration projects; informative website, newsletters and journals, and interactions with plant experts and enthusiasts.

 

 

LISTING OF SOURCES FOR NATIVE PLANTS AND SEEDS

 

The Arizona Native Plant Society maintains a listing of Native Plant and Seed Sources at: http://www.aznps.org/sources.html

 

 

Contact Information: Arizona Native Plant Society, PO Box 41206, Tucson, Arizona 85717.

 

 

 

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

http://www.tucsoncactus.org/

 

The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, teaching and learning about cacti and succulent plants. Their monthly programs feature knowledgeable individuals who can educate you and help you understand more about these fascinating plants. They conduct and sponsor native cactus and succulent rescue operations, plant sales, field trips, nursery and garden visits, conventions and conferences as well as other activities throughout the year. 

 

 

NATIVE PLANT RESCUE NOTICE

 

The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society puts a tremendous amount of time and effort  into the

organizing and overseeing of their rescue events. The native plant rescues carried out by the dedicated

members of the Society provide an immeasurable service to our community.

 

 

The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society organizes native plant rescues in areas being cleared for development. If interested in rescuing plants and/or obtaining local native plants for your landscaping or restoration project join the Society and become a rescue crew member.

 

Contact Information: Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, PO Box 64759, Tucson, Arizona 85728-4759; 520-885-6367.

 

 

 

Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery

http://www.desertsurvivors.org/nursery.asp

 

The Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery sells many local native plants and is willing to consider growing any native plant for which there is a buyer.

 

Contact Information: Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery, 1020 West Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85713; 520-791-9309.

 

 

 

Native Seeds/SEARCH

http://www.nativeseeds.org

 

The Native Seeds/SEARCH is a nonprofit conservation organization that seeks to preserve the crop seeds that connect the Native American cultures to their lands. The mission of the Native Seeds/SEARCH is to conserve, distribute and document the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in the cultures of the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico.

 

Contact Information: Native Seeds/SEARCH, 526 North Fourth Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85705; 520-622-5561, toll free at 866-622-5561, FAX 520-622-5561; e-mail:  info@nativeseeds.org

 

 

 

Tohono Chul Park Greenhouse

http://www.tohonochulpark.org/

 

The Tohono Chul Park Greenhouse offers for sale a wide variety of native and arid adapted plants. Many of these plants require minimal watering once they are established. Flowers, trees, bushes and seeds are sold throughout the year.

 

Contact Information: Tohono Chul Park, 7366 North Paseo del Norte, Tucson, Arizona 85704-4415; Information: 520-742-6455 (Greenhouse ext. 239), FAX: 520-797-1213, Russ Buhrow, Curator of Plants, 520-742-6455 ext. 234; e-mail:  russbuhrow@tohonochulpark.org

 

 

 

Wildlife Rehabilitation of Northwest Tucson

 

The goal of Wildlife Rehabilitation of Northwest Tucson is to provide experienced care for injured and orphaned wild birds and mammals so that they can be released back into the wild. For assistance with an injured bird or mammal, please call 520-743-0217, briefly explain the situation, being sure to repeat your name and phone number before ending the call.

 

Contact Information: Lewis and Janet Miller, 3690 Hills of Gold, Tucson, Arizona 85745; 520-743-0217.

 

 

 

 

LISTING OF PLANTS

 

STRICTLY ENFORCED LAWS PROTECT MANY OF ARIZONA’S NATIVE  PLANTS FROM

COLLECTION, MUTILATION AND DESTRUCTION

 

* numbers appearing between the asterisks relate to footnotes and sources of information*

 

 

 

Kingdom Plantae: The Plant Kingdom

Subkingdom Tracheobionta: The Vascular Plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta: The Seed Plants

Division Magnoliophyta: The Flowering Plants

 

 

 

CLASS LILIOPSIDA: The MONOCOTS

 

 

Family Poaceae (Gramineae): The Grass Family

 

Bromus madritensis subsp rubens (see Bromus rubens)

 

Bromus rubens C. Linnaeus (5): Red Brome

SYNONYMY: Bromus madritensis C. Linnaeus subsp rubens (C. Linnaeus) P.T. Husnot [orthographic error]. COMMON NAMES: Bromo, Bromo Rojo, Foxtail Brome, Foxtail Chess, Red Brome. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual graminoid (a tufted bunchgrass 4 to 20 inches in height) (6), flowering generally takes place between late February and early May (only four flowering records were located: two for late February and two for early May), the color of the spikelets has been described as being purple, red, red-brown or reddish-purple. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mountainsides; mesas; canyons; talus; bases of cliffs; buttes; rocky ledges; rocky ridges; ridge tops; volcanic cinder cones; meadows; edges of wet meadows; foothills; rocky hillsides; rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly and sandy slopes; gravelly bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; plains; rocky, cindery and gravelly flats; valleys; along roadsides; draws; rocky and gravelly ravines; around seeping streams; rocky-sandy stream beds; along creeks; rocky creek beds; along rivers; along and in gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; rocky and sandy drainages; swales; around lakes; gravelly-sandy, sandy and loamy banks of rivers; beaches; sandy benches; gravelly and sandy terraces; sandy-loamy and loamy bottom lands; sandy flood plains; around reservoirs; canal banks; sandy riparian areas; waste places, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-pebbly, rocky-sandy, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-clayey loam, sandy loam and loam soils, and rocky clay, gravelly clay and clay soils, occurring from 900 to 8,000 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This grass is light green curing to a light straw yellow color with reddish brown or purplish seed heads. EXOTIC Invasive Plant, this plant poses a significant threat to native habitat. *5, 6, 15, 16, 22 (color photograph), 33, 46, 58, 63 (111307), 68, 77, 80 (The Ergot Fungus (Claviceps sp.) is listed as a Secondary Poisonous Range Plant. Species of the genus Bromus can be hosts of the Ergot Fungus. “Ergot contains poisonous alkaloids and other compounds that may cause chronic poisoning (gangrenous ergotism) in the extremities when consumed in small amounts, or convulsive poisoning when large amounts are eaten. Animals may be poisoned by feeding on mature, infected grain or hay. Livestock, especially cattle, and humans are susceptible. ... Pastures causing ergot poisoning should be mowed or the animals removed. Mildly poisoned animals will usually recover if removed from the infested pastures, kept quiet, and supplied with good feed and water. In Arizona, some losses may be expected on rangelands during wet years, but most losses have occurred from grazing pastures of Dallas Grass (Paspalum dilatatum).” See text for additional information.), 85 (111307), 105*

 

Muhlenbergia microsperma (A.P. de Candolle) C.B. von Trinius: Littleseed Muhly

COMMON NAMES: Liendrilla Chica (Hispanic), Liendrilla Fina y Liendrilla Chica (Hispanic), Little-seed Muhly, Littleseed Muhly. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual graminoid (4 to 40 inches in height/length), the color of the spikelets has been described as being purplish, flowering generally takes place between March and May (flowering records: two for late March, one for late April, one for early May, two for mid-May, one for mid-September and one for mid-December, plants in flower have reportedly been collected in all months except for June and July). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky canyons; rocky canyon walls; sandy and sandy-loamy canyon bottoms; along bases of cliffs; buttes; rocky ledges, rocky ridges; margins of meadows; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky, gravelly and sandy slopes; bajadas; rock outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; lava bluffs; lava slopes; along lava slides; sandy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; coastal plains; along railroad right-of-ways; sandy roadsides; arroyos; arroyo bottoms; gulches; springs; along streams; rocky-sandy stream beds; along creeks; along rivers; along and in gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; gravelly-sandy tinajas; along gravelly-sandy banks; benches; sandy flood plains; mesquite bosques; around stock tanks (charcos); rocky margins of reservoirs; along irrigation ditches; riparian areas and disturbed areas in gravelly desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils, and rocky-clayey loam, gravelly loam and sandy loam soils, occurring from sea level to 5,500 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This grass sometimes forms dense mound-like colonies. *5, 6, 15, 16, 30, 33, 46, 63 (070207), 77, 85 (111407)*

 

Schismus barbatus (P. Loefling ex C. Linnaeus) A. Thellung: Common Mediterranean Grass

COMMON NAMES: Common Mediterranean Grass, Mediterraneangrass, Zacate Mediterrane Comun. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual graminoid (1 to 14 inches in height), flowering generally takes place between November and mid-May. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; rocky cliffs; rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; rocky talus; rocky ridges; hill tops; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; rock outcrops; sand dunes; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; roadsides; along streams; along gravelly-sandy creek beds; along rivers; gravelly river beds; gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; sandy banks; benches; gravelly terraces; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam, sandy loam and clayey loam soils, and gravelly silty soils, occurring from 400 to 4,500 feet (one record at 7,880 feet) in elevation in the grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: EXOTIC Invasive Plant, this plant poses a significant threat to native habitat. *5, 6, 15, 16, 22 (color photograph), 33, 46, 58, 63 (040407), 68, 77, 85 (081507), WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

 

CLASS MAGNOLIOPSIDA: The DICOTS

 

 

Family Acanthaceae: The Acanthus Family

 

Anisacanthus thurberi (J. Torrey) A. Gray (5): Thurber’s Desert-honeysuckle

COMMON NAMES: Anisacanthus, Chuparosa, Colegayo, Desert Honeysuckle, Thurber Anisacanthus, Thurber Desert-honeysuckle, Thurber’s Desert-honeysuckle. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial cold deciduous shrub (3 to 8 feet in height) (6), the color of the bark has been described as being gray, the leaves green or yellow-green, the flowers brick-red, brown-orange, brownish-red, burnt-orange, copper-red, orange, orange-red, orange with a purple fringe, purplish, red, red-orange, reddish-brown, orange-brown, orange-salmon, purplish, red-orange, red-orange-brown or yellow, flowering generally takes place between late March and early August (additional records: one for late February, two for early October, one for mid-October, two for late October, three for early November, two for mid-November, one for late November and one for early December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky canyons; rocky canyon bottoms; escarpments; bases of cliffs; meadows; foothills; hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders; traces; valley bottoms; along arroyos; draws; sandy bottoms of draws; grottos; gulches; ravines; along streams; along stream beds; along creeks; creek beds; along rivers; along and in rocky, gravelly and sandy washes; bouldery drainages; along rocky and gravelly-sandy banks; rocky shelves; mesquite bosques; ditches, and riparian areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly-sandy, pebbly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky clay and gravelly clay soils, and silty soils, occurring from 1,000 to 5,700 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The flowers may be fragrant. The flowers attract hummingbirds and both the Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae) and Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) have been observed visiting the flowers. This plant is browsed by wildlife. *5, 6, 10, 13, 15, 16, 18, 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 58, 63 (061907), 77 (color photograph #1), 85 (111407), 91*

 

 

Family Asclepiadaceae: The Milkweed Family

 

Funastrum cynanchoides (J. Decaisne) F.R. Schlechter subsp. heterophyllum (A.M. Vail) J.T. Kartesz: Hartweg’s Twinevine

SYNONYMY: Funastrum heterophyllum (G. Engelmann) P.C. Standley, Sarcostemma cynanchoides J. Decaisne subsp. hartwegii (A.M. Vail) L.H. Shinners. COMMON NAMES: Climbing Milkweed, Guirote Lechosa, Hartweg Climbing Milkweed, Hartweg’s Twinevine, Hexe (Seri). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial forb/herb or vine (a twining vine 20 inches to 40 feet in length), the leaves are dark green, the color of the flowers has been described as being lilac-mauve, magenta-cream, maroon-cream, purple, purple and cream, violet-pink, white, white and brown, white and maroon, white and purple or white and purple-maroon, flowering generally takes place between late March and late June and again between late August and early November (additional records: one for late July and one for late November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; foothills; rocky and sandy hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; lava flows; rocky outcrops; sandy flats; valley floors; sandy roadsides; rocky arroyos; springs; along streams; along creeks; creek beds; river beds; along and in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy, sandy and sandy-silty washes; drainages; water holes; swampy areas; rocky, gravelly-sandy and sandy banks; sand bars; bottom lands; sandy flood plains; mesquite bosques; along ditches; fence lines; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery-cobbly, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and sandy silty soils, occurring from 500 to 5,000 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46 (Funastrum heterophyllum (Engelm.) Standl.), 58, 63 (111407), 68, 85 (111607), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Funastrum heterophyllum (see Funastrum cynanchoides subsp. heterophyllum)

 

Sarcostemma cynanchoides subsp. hartwegii (see Funastrum cynanchoides subsp. heterophyllum)

 

 

Family Asteraceae (Compositae): The Aster Family

 

Ambrosia ambrosioides (A.J. Cavanilles) W.W. Payne: Ambrosia Leaf Burr Ragweed

SYNONYMY: Franseria ambrosioides A.J. Cavanilles. COMMON NAMES: Ambrosia Leaf Burr Ragweed, Burr Sage, Bur-sage, Bursage, Canyon Ragweed, Chicura (Hispanic), Leaf Burr Ragweed, Nu Nu Ju Its  (Tohono O’odham), Tinkl (Seri). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial cold- and drought-deciduous subshrub or shrub (1 to 7 feet in height), the color of the branches has been described as being reddish-brown with white hairs, the leaves dull gray-green or green, the flowers yellowish or yellowish-green, flowering generally takes place between mid-February and early May (additional records: two for mid-January, one for early June, one for mid-June and one for mid-September), the fruits are burrs. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from rocky mountains; mesas; rocky canyons; rocky, gravelly and gravelly-sandy canyon bottoms; bases of cliffs; crevices in rocks; foothills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; rocky outcrops; soil pockets in rocks; plains; coastal plains; along roadsides; arroyos; arroyo bottoms; along seeping streams; along streams; rocky and sandy stream beds; along creeks; creek beds; along rivers; river beds; along and in rocky, gravelly and sandy washes; along sandy drainages; rocky and sandy banks; around water holes; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky loam and sandy-clayey loam soils, and gravelly silty soils, occurring from sea level to 4,500 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 13, 15, 28 (color photograph), 46 (Franseria ambrosioides Cav.), 63 (040707), 77 (color photograph #67), 85 (081507), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Ambrosia deltoidea (J. Torrey) F.W. Payne: Triangle Burr Ragweed

SYNONYMY: Franseria deltoidea J. Torrey. COMMON NAMES: Burrobush, Bur-sage, Bursage, Chamizo Forrajero, Chicurilla, Rabbit Bush, Kokomak Segoi (Pima), Shegoi (Pima), Todshag (Papago), Triangle Burr Ragweed, Triangle-leaf Bursage, Triangle-leaved Bursage, Triangle-leaf Burr Ragweed. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen subshrub or shrub (1 to 4 feet in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being gray, gray-green or green, the flowers greenish, greenish-yellow, purple or white, flowering generally takes place between early January and late April. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; ridges; foothills; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; lava flows; dunes; sandy plains; rocky, gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; roadsides; around seeping streams; runnels; river beds; along sandy washes; rocky banks of creeks; gravelly terraces, and flood plains in desert pavement; rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam soils, and rocky clay, gravelly clay and sandy clay soils, occurring from 100 to 4,000 feet in elevation in the grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Triangleleaf Bursage serves as a nurse plant for Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), Foothill Paloverde (Parkinsonia microphylla) and other woody plants. *5, 6, 13, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46 (Franseria deltoidea Torr.), 63 (040707), 77 (color photograph #68), 85 (081607), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Ambrosia dumosa (A. Gray) F.W. Payne: Burrobush

SYNONYMY: Franseria dumosa A. Gray. COMMON NAMES: Burro Bush, Burrobush, Burro Weed, Burro-weed, Burroweed, Bur Sage, Bur-sage, Chamizo, Chicurilla, Hierba del Burro, White Bur-sage, White Bursage, White Burrobush. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial cold- and drought-deciduous subshrub or shrub (7 to 40 inches in height, one low mound-shaped plant was reported to be 40 inches in width), the color of the branches has been described as being gray, tan or white, the leaves blue-green-gray, gray-green or white-tomentose, the flowers cream, cream-yellow, greenish, green-yellow or yellow, flowering generally takes place between early February and late April (additional records: one for early January, one for mid-January, two for mid-May, one for mid-June, one for late June, four for late September, one for early October, one for mid-November, one for late November and two for mid-December), the fruits are spiny burs. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mountainsides; gravelly mesas; canyons; buttes; ridges; bouldery ridge tops; rocky hills; rocky and gravelly hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; alluvial fans; bajadas; amongst boulders; lava fields; sand hills; sand dunes; gravelly plains; gravelly and sandy flats; sand sheets; sandy valleys; gravelly roadsides; arroyos; along sandy washes; banks of stream beds and washes; benches; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam, sandy loam and clayey loam soils, and sandy silty soils, occurring from sea level to 4,000 feet in elevation in the desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, and may live to be more than 100 years of age with an estimated average longevity of 35.7 years. This plant is a host for the parasitic Sand Root (Pholisma sonorae). In the re-vegetation of disturbed sites more success may be achieved through the use of transplanted plants than from over-seeding. White Bursage serves as a nurse plant for Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata), Foothill Paloverde (Parkinsonia microphylla) and other woody plants. *5, 6, 13, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46 (Franseria dumosa Gray), 63 (040907), 77, 85 (081707), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Antheropeas lanosum (A. Gray) P.A. Rydberg: White Easterbonnets

SYNONYMY: Eriophyllum lanosum (A. Gray) A. Gray. COMMON NAMES: White Easterbonnets, Woolly Daisy, Woolly-daisy, Woolly Eriophyllum, Woolly Fleabane. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (¾ to 8 inches in height), the color of the stems has been described as being reddish, the leaves gray-green, the ray flowers white and the disk flowers orange-yellow or yellow, flowering generally takes place between early February and mid-May (additional records: two for mid-June and one for mid-November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; gravelly mesas; canyons; bases of cliffs; foothills; gravelly hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst rocks; sand hills; gravelly plains; rocky and gravelly flats; gravelly and sandy roadsides; creek beds; along and in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; banks; terraces; sandy bottom lands, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, stony, stony-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky loam, gravelly-sandy loam and silty loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 500 to 4,400 feet in elevation in the grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formation. NOTE: This plant may grow in patches, larger plants tend to be prostrate. *5, 6, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph, Eriophyllum lanosum), 46 (Eriophyllum lanosum Gray), 58, 63 (070407), 77 (color photograph # 19 labeled Eriophyllum lanosum), 85 (111607)*

 

Baileya multiradiata W.H. Harvey & A. Gray ex A. Gray: Desert Marigold

COMMON NAMES: Baileya del Desierto, Cloth-of-gold, Desert Baileya, Desert-marigold, Desert Marigold, Hierba Amarilla, Many-flowered Desert-marigold, Paper Daisy, Paperdaisy, Wild Marigold. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual, biennial or perennial forb/herb (6 to 30 inches in height), the color of the foliage has been described as being gray-green, gray-white-green or grayish and woolly, the ray and disk flowers yellow, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and late December but may continue year round under favorable conditions. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; rocky bluffs; buttes; ridges; foothills; rocky and gravelly-sandy hills; rocky hillsides; rocky, cindery, gravelly and sandy slopes; bajadas; sandy pockets in lava outcrops; sand hills; sand hills; sand dunes; sandy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; sandy embankments; along sandy roadsides; arroyos; along streams; sandy creek beds; along rivers; rocky river beds; rocky, gravelly and sandy washes; sandy banks of washes; alluvial terraces; loamy bottom lands; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas  in rocky, rocky-sandy, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam, gravelly-clayey loam and loam soils, and gravelly clay soils, occurring from 200 to 6,300 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. Consider seeding Desert Marigold with native Lupines (Lupinus spp.) and Globemallows (Sphaeralcea spp.) for a late winter and early spring desert wildflower display. *5, 6, 15, 16, 18, 28 (color photograph), 46 (“It is said that horses crop the heads, but fatal poisoning of sheep and goats eating this plant on overgrazed ranges has been reported.”), 48, 58, 63 (040907), 68 (“Desert Baileya, either fresh or dried, is poisonous to sheep and goats, but not to horses or cattle. The plant is not palatable to sheep, but the showy flower heads are relished, however, the flowering and fruiting heads are nearly twice as poisonous as the green leaves. Goats evidently do not graze the plant under range conditions, but have been poisoned in experimental feeding. Sheep losses from Desert Baileya have occurred in Arizona when green forage is scarce.”), 77 (color photograph #17), 80 (This plant is listed as a Secondary Poisonous Range Plant. “The toxic principle is an unknown water-soluble compound. Plants are toxic to sheep on the range in both the green and dry state. ... Goats have been poisoned by experimental feeding but apparently do not eat the plant on the range. Both cattle and horses graze the plant on the range but no losses have been observed. Losses generally occur only when other feed is short or animals are trailed through dense stands.” See text for additional information.), 85 (082007), 86 (color photograph)*

 

Calycoseris wrightii A. Gray: White Tackstem

COMMON NAMES: Tackstem, White Cupfruit, White Tackstem. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (10 to 12 inches in height), the leaves are gray-green, the flowers creamy-yellow, white and white with purple, red or red-purple stripes turning purplish with age, flowering generally takes place between late January and mid-June. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; buttes; ridges; bouldery and rocky ridge tops; foothills; rocky and sandy hills; hillsides; rocky and gravelly-sandy slopes; sandy bajadas; rock outcrops; gravelly plains; gravelly and loamy flats; valleys; along rocky and gravelly roadsides; along rocky, gravelly and sandy washes; sandy benches; terraces; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam and loam soils, and gravelly-sandy silty soils, occurring from 400 to 7,500 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 58, 63 (070407), 77, 85 (082007), 86 (note)*

 

Chaenactis stevioides W.J. Hooker & G.A. Arnott: Steve’s Dustymaiden

COMMON NAMES: “Broad-leaved Chaenactis”, Desert Pincushion, Dusty Maiden, Dustymaiden, Esteve False Yarrow, Esteve Pincushion, Esteve’s Pincushion, “False Yarrow”, Pincushion Flower, Steve’s Dusty-maiden, Steve’s Dustymaiden. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (8 to 12 inches in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being grayish-green, the flowers (disk flowers only, no ray flowers) cream, cream-white, yellow or white, flowering generally takes place between early February and mid-June (additional records: one for mid-January and one for mid-July). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; bluffs; ridges; foothills; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; lava fields; sand dunes; sandy hummocks; sandy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; along sandy roadsides; rocky and gravelly arroyos; along streams; along and in sandy washes; beaches; along terraces; bar ditches; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-sandy loam, gravelly-sandy loam and sandy loam soils, and rocky clay and sandy clay soils, occurring from 100 to 6,600 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 58, 63 (070507), 77, 85 (also recorded as Chaenactis stevioides var. stevioides Hook. & Arn. - 082107), 86 (color photograph)*

 

Chaenactis stevioides var. stevioides (see footnote 85 under Chaenactis stevioides) 

 

Encelia farinosa A. Gray ex J. Torrey: Brittlebush

SYNONYMY: Encelia farinosa A. Gray ex J. Torrey var. farinosa A. Gray ex J. Torrey [superfluous autonym], Encelia farinosa A. Gray ex J. Torrey var. phenicodonta (J. Blake) I.M. Johnston. COMMON NAMES: Brittle Bush, Brittle-bush, Brittlebush, Button Brittlebush, Goldenhills, Hierba Cenisa, Hierba de Gusano, Hierba de las Animas, Hierba del Vaso, Incienso, Rama Blanca, White Brittlebush. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen subshrub or shrub (18 inches to 6 feet in height), the color of the foliage has been described as being dark green, silvery-gray or whitish, the ray flowers yellow or yellow-orange and the disk flowers brown-maroon, dark purple, orange-yellow or yellow, the flowers appear 6 to 12 inches beyond the end of the foliage, flowering generally takes place between early November and late May (additional records: two for late August, one for early September, two for mid-October). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; canyon walls; canyon bottoms; buttes; rocky ledges; ridges; rocky ridge tops; foothills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; alluvial fans; bajadas; boulder and rock outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; lava flows; flats; roadsides; springs; creeks; rocky and sandy washes; gravelly and gravelly-sandy terraces; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and rocky loam soils, occurring from sea level to 4,800 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. Plants with yellow ray flowers and dark purple disk flowers have historically been referred to as variety phenicodonta (Blake) Johnst. and has been observed growing with the typical plant which has yellow disk flowers. Brittle Bush is reportedly browsed by Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis). *5, 6, 13 (color photograph), 16, 18, 26 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 58, 63 (040907), 85 (082107), 86 (color photograph), 91*

 

Encelia farinosa var. farinosa (see Encelia farinosa)

 

Eriophyllum lanosum (see Antheropeas lanosum)

 

Franseria ambrosioides (see Ambrosia ambrosioides)

 

Franseria deltoidea (see Ambrosia deltoidea)

 

Franseria dumosa (see Ambrosia dumosa)

 

Hymenothrix wislizeni A. Gray: TransPecos Thimblehead

COMMON NAMES: Golden Ragweed, TransPecos Thimblehead, Wislizenus Beeflower, Yellow Thimblehead. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or biennial forb/herb (8 to 40 inches in height), the color of the ray and disc flowers has been described as being green-yellow or yellow, flowering generally takes place between early June and late November (additional record: one for late March). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; clefts in cliffs; buttes; meadows; foothills; stony-gravelly hills; rocky and gravelly hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; along gravelly-silty roadsides; along rivers; along rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; sandy banks; terraces; flood plains; around stock tanks, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-sandy, stony-gravelly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-clayey loam soils; gravelly clay soils, and gravelly silty soils, occurring from 1,300 to 6,600 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 58, 63 (062107), 77, 85 (110607), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Monoptilon bellioides (A. Gray) H.M. Hall: Mohave Desertstar

COMMON NAMES: Desert Daisy, Mohave Desert Star, Mohave Desertstar, Rock Daisy. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (1 to 12 inches in height and 1 to 10 inches in width), the color of the leaves has been described as being grayish-green, the ray flowers blue, blue-lavender-white, lavender, pink, purplish-lavender, white, white-lavender or white tinged with pink, pink-purple, purple or rose, the disk flowers golden or yellow, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and mid-May (additional record: one for early June). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; stony and sandy mesas; foothills; rocky and gravelly hills; rocky hillsides; rocky, gravelly-sandy and sandy slopes; sandy bajadas; boulder outcrops; amongst rocks; lava fields; lava flows; gravelly plains; rocky, gravelly and sandy flats; valley floors; sandy roadsides; gullies; creek beds; along and in sandy washes; stony drainages; playas; gravelly and sandy banks of small drainages, gravel bars; lake shores; terraces, and riparian areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, stony, stony-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils, and gravelly-sandy loam and sandy loam soils, occurring from 100 to 3,400 feet in elevation in the desertscrub ecological formation. NOTE: This small winter annual may be useful as an ornamental, the flowers are about ¾ inch in width. *5, 6, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 63 (070807), 77 (color photograph #21), 85 (082607), 86 (color photograph)*

 

Senecio douglasii var. monoensis (see Senecio flacciduss var. monoensis)

 

Senecio flaccidus C.F. Lessing var. monoensis (E.L. Greene) B.L. Turner & T.M. Barkley: Mono Ragwort

SYNONYMY: Senecio douglasii A.P. de Candolle var. monoensis (E.L. Greene) W.L. Jepson, Senecio monoensis E.L. Greene. COMMON NAMES: Comb Butterweed, Creek Senecio, Groundsel, Mono Groundsel, Mono Ragwort, Sand Wash Groundsel, Shrubby Ragwort, Threadleaf Groundsel, Threadleaf Ragwort. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial forb/herb or subshrub (12 to 40 inches in height), the color of the foliage has been described as being yellow-green, the ray flowers are yellow and the disk flowers are orange-yellow or yellow, flowering generally takes place between early February and late November. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; mesas; canyons; foothills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rock outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; gravelly and gravelly-loamy roadsides; silty draws; bottoms of draws; along streams; stream beds; along creeks; sandy creek beds; along and in rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy and sandy washes; in drainages; sandy banks; sandy bottom lands; sandy flood plains; gravelly-sandy and sandy riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam and clayey loam soils, and gravelly-sandy silty and silty soils, occurring from 1,400 to 8,000 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 13, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph - Senecio monoensis) 46 (Senecio monoensis Greene), 58, 63 (111707), 77, 80 (Threadleaf Groundsel, Woolly Groundsel, Senecio (Senecio longilobus and others) are listed as Major Poisonous Range Plants. Poisoning by Threadleaf Groundsel has been attributed to the presence of a number of alkaloids. “These alkaloids belong to a single group - the pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Upon hydrolysis, these break into a nitrogen-containing fraction and a mono- or di-carboxylic necic acid. The nitrogen oxides are hepatotoxic, causing liver lesions that are attributed to senecio poisoning. ... Cattle and horses are equally sensitive to senecio poisoning; sheep and goats are less susceptible. ... Also, the consumption of small amounts of the plant over a period of a month or more will have a cumulative effect. ... When possible, livestock should be kept from areas heavily infested with Threadleaf Groundsel, particularly when the range is excessively dry.” See text for additional information.), 85 (111807)*

 

Senecio monoensis (see Senecio flaccidus var. monoensis) 

 

Zinnia acerosa (A.P. de Candolle) A. Gray: Desert Zinnia

SYNONYMY: Zinnia pumila A. Gray. COMMON NAMES: Desert Zinnia, Spinyleaf Zinnia, White Zinnia, Wild Zinnia. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial forb/herb or subshrub (4 to 20 inches in height and to 2 feet in width), the color of the linear leaves has been described as being gray or gray-green, the ray flowers cream, cream-white, white, yellow or yellow-white, the disk flowers green-yellow or yellow, flowering generally takes place between mid-March and late September (additional records: one for early November and three for early December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; rocky ridges; ridge tops; rocky hills; rocky and gravelly hillsides; bouldery and rocky slopes; gravelly and gravelly-sandy bajadas; sand dunes; rocky-gravelly-sandy, gravelly and gravelly-sandy-clayey flats; valley bottoms; roadsides; washes; gravelly-sandy banks; sandy benches; terraces; drainages; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy, sandy and chalky soils; gravelly loam, gravelly-silty loam, sandy loam and loam soils, and gravelly-sandy clay and clay soils, occurring from 1,500 to 6,000 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 13, 15, 16, 18, 28 (color photograph), 46 (Zinnia pumila Gray), 48 (gen.), 58, 63 (112607), 77 (color photograph #71), 85 (112607), WTK (August 2008)*

 

Zinnia pumila (see Zinnia acerosa)

 

 

Family Bignoniaceae: The Trumpet-creeper Family

 

Chilopsis linearis (A.J. Cavanilles) R. Sweet: Desert Willow

COMMON NAMES: Desert Catalpa, Desert Willow, Flowering Willow, Jano, Mimbre, Texas Desert Willow, Western Desert-willow. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial cold deciduous shrub or tree (10 to 30 or more feet in height and 10 to 20 feet in width, one plant was reported to be 15 feet in height with a crown 20 feet in width), the light green leaves may be straight (subsp. linearis and roughly to 12 inches in length and 3/8 inch in width) or curved (subsp. arcuata and roughly 3 to 5 ½ in length and 1/8 to 1/4 inch in width), the color of the flowers has been described as being lavender, lavender and white, pink, purple, purple-white, purple with yellow markings, reddish-purple, rose or white, flowering generally takes place between mid-April and mid-August (additional records: two for late September and one for early October), the seeds are dispersed from slender pods 4 to 12 inches in length. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; rocky canyons; talus slopes; bases of cliffs; foothills; talus hills; hillsides; sandy slopes; sand dunes; plains; sandy flats; along roadsides; in gravelly-sandy and sandy arroyos; along streams; rocky and gravelly-sandy stream beds; sandy creek beds; sandy river beds; along and in rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; drainages; sandy banks; sandy flood plains; mesquite bosques, and riparian areas in bouldery-cobbly-sandy, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-gravelly loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 900 to 6,200 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Desert Willow may be useful in controlling erosion. The bee Bombus sonorus is a pollinator and hummingbirds are known to visit the flowers. *5, 6, 13, 15, 18, 26 (color photographs), 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 52 (color photograph), 53, 63 (110707), 74, 77, 85 (110707), 86 (color photograph), 91*

 

Chilopsis linearis var. arcuata (see Chilopsis linearis subsp. arcuata) 

 

Chilopsis linearis (A.J. Cavanilles) R. Sweet subsp. arcuata (F.R. Fosberg) J.S. Henrickson: Desert Willow

SYNONYMY: Chilopsis linearis (A.J. Cavanilles) R. Sweet var. arcuata F.R. Fosberg. COMMON NAMES: Desert Catalpa, Desert Willow, Flowering Willow, Jano, Mimbre, Western Desert-willow. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial deciduous shrub or tree (10 to 33 feet in height and 10 to 30 feet in width), the leaves are curved and roughly 3 to 5 ½ in length and 1/8 to 1/4 inch in width,  the color of the flowers has been described as being pink, purple with yellow markings, white or whitish tinged with lavender and yellow, flowering generally takes place between mid-April and mid-August (additional records: one for late September and one for early October). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; foothills; plains; flats; along roadsides; along streams; along rocky creeks; along and in sandy washes; drainages, and riparian areas in rocky and sandy soils and rocky-gravelly loam soils, occurring from 1,300 to 6,200 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Desert Willow may be useful in controlling erosion. *5, 6, 13 (“The desert willows have been used widely as ornamentals. They are prized for their graceful habit and large, attractive, sweet-scented flowers.”), 18 (sp.), 26 (color photographs of species - sp.), 28 (color photograph of species, sp.), 46, 48 (sp.), 52 (color photograph of species, sp.), 53, 58, 63 (110707), 74 (sp.), 85 (110707), 86 (color photograph of species), 91 (sp.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Boraginaceae: The Borage Family

 

Amsinckia tessellata A. Gray (var. tesselata is the variety reported as occurring in Arizona): Bristly Fiddleneck

COMMON NAMES: Bristly Fiddleneck, Checker Fiddleneck, Checkered Fiddleneck, Devil’s Lettuce, Tessellate Fiddle Neck, Western Fiddleneck. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (4 to 32 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being orange, dark yellow or yellow-orange, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and mid-May (additional records: one for mid-June and one for early December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; canyon bottoms; foothills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; gravelly bajadas; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; rocky roadsides; gullies; along rocky-sandy and sandy washes; depressions; banks of rivers; lake shores; terraces; mesquite bosques; margins of stock tanks, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly and sandy soils; gravelly loam, gravelly-sandy loam and gravelly-sandy-clayey loam soils, and sandy clay soils, occurring from 600 to 4,500 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46 (Amsinckia spp. - “The plants are very abundant on sandy or gravelly soil in western and southern Arizona, and are reported to make good spring forage while young. On the other hand it has been reported that horses, cattle, and swine eating the nutlets may develop cirrhosis of the liver.”), 63 (111807), 77, 80 (The plant Amsinckia intermedia and others are listed as a Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plant. “Cattle, horses and swine may be poisoned by an unknown liver toxin from eating large amounts of the seeds of this desert annual. Also plants may cause nitrate poisoning.”), 85 (111807)*

 

Cryptantha angustifolia (J. Torrey) E.L. Greene: Panamint Cryptantha

COMMON NAMES: Bristlelobe Cryptantha, Cat’s-eye Panamint, Desert Cryptantha, Hehe Ksatx (Seri), Narrow-leaf Cryptantha, Narrow-leaved Forget-me-not, Narrow-leaved Nievitas, Narrow-leaved Popcorn Flower, Panamint Cryptantha, Peluda. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (4 to 10 inches in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being grayish, the flowers whitish, flowering generally takes place between early January and late May (additional records: two for late June and one for mid-July). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; clayey ridges; foothills; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; sand hills; sand dunes; sandy and gravelly-sandy-loamy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; coastal plains; along roadsides; sandy draws; sandy river beds; along sandy washes; sand pits; gravelly-sandy banks; gravel bars; sandy bottom land; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam and gravelly-sandy-clayey loam soils; clay soils, and silty soils, occurring from sea level to 4,000 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 58, 63 (111807), 77, 85 (111807)*

 

Cryptantha barbigera (A. Gray) E.L. Greene: Bearded Cryptantha

COMMON NAMES: Bearded Cat’s-eye, Bearded Cryptantha, Bearded Forget-me-not, Bearded Nievitas, Peluda. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (4 to 16 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being cream, bright white or white with a yellow throat, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and mid-June (additional records: two for late November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; rim rock; canyons; canyon bottoms; bases of cliffs; rocky ledges; ridges; sandy meadows; hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; amongst boulders and rocks; sand dunes; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; roadsides; arroyos; arroyo bottoms; draws; rocky-sandy stream beds; beside creeks; creek beds; along rivers; bouldery and sandy washes; banks of rivers; loamy bottom lands; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam and loam soils; gravelly clay soils, and silty soils, occurring from 200 to 6,800 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 58, 63 (071007), 77, 85 (082607)*

 

Cryptantha pterocarya (J. Torrey) E.L. Greene var. cycloptera (E.L. Greene) J.F. Macbride: Wingnut Cryptantha

COMMON NAMES: Wingnut Cat’s-eye, Wingnut Cryptantha, Wingnut Nievitas, Peluda. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (6 to 14 inches in height), the color of the foliage has been described as being dark green or yellow-green, the flowers bright white, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and late May (additional record: one for mid-June), the winged fruits are green. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; canyons; rocky hills; hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; amongst boulders and rocks; sand hummocks; rocky and gravelly flats; valley floors; rocky roadsides; rocky arroyos; beside streams; along sandy washes; terraces, and riparian areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly, cindery, gravelly and sandy soils; rocky loam and gravelly-sandy loam soils, and gravelly-sandy silty soils, occurring from 1,200 to 6,500 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 46, 63 (071107), 85 (082607)*

 

Lappula occidentalis (S. Watson) E.L. Greene: Flatspine Stickseed

COMMON NAMES: Beggar’s Tick, Bluebur, Cupped Stickseed, Flatspine Stickseed, Hairy Stickseed, Redowski Stickseed, Stickseed, Western Sticktight. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or biennial forb/herb (4 to 20 inches in height), the color of the plant has been described as being gray-green, the very small flowers blue or white, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and mid-September. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; sandy and sandy-loamy mesas; plateaus; canyons; bouldery-gravelly-sandy canyon bottoms; bases of cliffs; rocky ledges; sandy ridges; ridge tops; wet meadows; hills; hill tops; rocky hillsides; rocky, stony, cindery, gravelly and sandy slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; railroad right-of-ways; along gravelly roadsides; arroyos; arroyo bottoms; stony draws; ravines; springs; along streams; stream beds; along creeks; clayey creek beds; sandy river beds; along and in rocky, gravelly-sandy, gravelly-sandy-silty and sandy washes; gravelly drainage bottoms; around lakes; clayey depressions; along gravelly banks; rocky terraces; flood plains; mesquite bosques; gravelly-sandy and sandy riparian areas; waste places, and rocky, gravelly and sandy disturbed areas in bouldery-gravelly-sandy, rocky, stony, cobbly, cobbly-sandy, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam and sandy loam soils; gravelly clay and clay soils, and gravelly-sandy silty, sandy silty and silty soils, occurring from 700 to 9,500 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 46 (Lappula texana (Scheele) Britton, Lappula texana (Scheele) Britton var. coronata (Greene) Nels. & Macbr., Lappula redowskii (Hornem.) Greene), 63 (111907), 85 (111907), 101 (color photograph)*

 

Lappula occidentalis (S. Watson) E.L. Greene var. occidentalis: Flatspine Stickseed

SYNONYMY: Lappula redowski auct. non (J.W. Hornemann) E.L. Greene [misapplied], Lappula redowskii (J.W. Hornemann) E.L. Greene var. desertorum (E.L. Greene) I.M. Johnson, Lappula redowskii (J.W. Hornemann) E.L. Greene var. occidentalis (S. Watson) P.A. Rydberg, Lappula redowskii (J.W. Hornemann) E.L. Greene var. redowskii (J.W. Hornemann) E.L. Greene [superfluous autonym]. COMMON NAMES: Beggar’s Tick, Bluebur, Flatspine Stickseed, Redowski Stickseed, Stickseed, Western Sticktight. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or biennial forb/herb (6 to 12 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being white, flowering generally takes place between mid-February and mid-June (additional records: four for mid-January and five for mid-July). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; canyons; bouldery-gravelly-sandy canyon bottoms; bases of cliffs; sandy ridges; wet meadows; hill tops; rocky, cindery, gravelly and sandy slopes; rocky outcrops; gravelly flats; valleys; along roadsides; arroyos; arroyo bottoms; springs; along creeks; sandy river beds; along and in rocky, gravelly-sandy-silty and sandy washes; along banks; sandy riparian areas; waste places, and sandy disturbed areas in bouldery-gravelly-sandy, rocky, cindery, gravelly and sandy soils; clayey loam and loam soils; rocky clay and clay soils, and gravelly-sandy silty soils, occurring from 700 to 9,500 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46 (Lappula redowskii (Hornem.) Greene), 58, 63 (111907), 77, 85 (111907), 101 (color photograph)*

 

Lappula redowskii (see Lappula occidentalis var. occidentalis)

 

Lappula redowskii var. desertorum (see Lappula occidentalis var. occidentalis)

 

Lappula redowskii var. occidentalis (see Lappula occidentalis var. occidentalis) 

 

Lappula redowskii var. redowskii (see Lappula occidentalis var. occidentalis)

 

Pectocarya heterocarpa (I.M. Johnston) I.M. Johnston: Chuckwalla Combseed

COMMON NAMES: Chuckwalla Combseed, Chuckwalla Pectocarya, Hairyleaf Combbur, Hairy-leaved Combbur, Mixed-nut Comb-bur. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (2 to 8 inches in height), the flowers are pale lavender or white, flowering generally takes place between mid-February and early June (additional records: two for mid-January and one for late June). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; crevices in rocks; hills; rocky and gravelly slopes; sandy alluvial slopes; bajadas; amongst boulders; sand dunes; gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy flats; sandy roadsides; beside streams; creek beds; along rivers; river beds; along and in sandy washes; sandy banks of washes; gravel bars; benches; shorelines; flood plains; at stock tanks; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, cobbly-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam and gravelly-clayey-silty loam soils, and gravelly-sandy silty and sandy silty soils, occurring from sea level to 4,800 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 58, 63 (071107), 77, 85 (082707)*

 

Pectocarya platycarpa (P.A. Munz & I.M. Johnston) P.A. Munz & I.M. Johnston: Broadfruit Combseed

COMMON NAMES: Broadfruit Combseed, Broadnut Combbur, Broad-nutted Comb Bur, Broad-wing Comb-bur, Stickweed. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (4 to 8 inches in height), the flowers are white, flowering generally takes place between early February and mid-May. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; canyons; canyon bottoms; talus slopes; ridges; foothills; rocky, gravelly and sandy hills; hillsides; rocky, gravelly and gravelly-sandy slopes; bajadas; plains; gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy flats; lava fields; valley floors; along gravelly roadsides; along streams; along creeks; along rivers; along rocky-sandy, gravelly and sandy washes; sandy banks; terraces; sandy and loamy bottom lands; sandy and silty flood plains; gravelly-sandy riparian areas, and sandy disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, stony-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam, gravelly-sandy loam, sandy loam and loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 700 to 6,700 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 58 63 (041607), 77, 85 (082707)*

 

 

Family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae): The Mustard Family

 

Caulanthus lasiophyllus (see Guillenia lasiophylla)

 

Caulanthus lasiophyllus var. utahensis (see Guillenia lasiophylla)

 

Descurainia pinnata (T. Walter) N.L. Britton: Western Tansymustard

COMMON NAMES: Aasam (Yaqui), Green Tansy Mustard, Huy Aasum (Yaqui), Pamita, Pinnate Tansy Mustard, Sirolitutilli, Tansy Mustard, Tansy-mustard, Western Tansy-mustard, Tansymustard, Yellow Tansy Mustard. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual, biennial or perennial forb/herb (4 to 40 inches in height), the color of the feathery leaves has been described as being gray-green, the flowers cream, greenish-yellow, yellow or white, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and early September. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; sandy canyonsides; sandy canyon bottoms; bases of cliffs; rims of craters; cinder cones; ridges; rocky hills; hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; sheltered rocky coves; volcanic dikes and plugs; sand dunes; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; roadsides; seeps; along streams; stream beds; along rivers; along and in bouldery, gravelly and sandy washes; banks of creeks and rivers; sandy terraces; flood plains; mesquite bosques; stock tanks; riparian areas; waste places, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky loam, gravelly loam, gravelly-sandy loam, gravelly-silty loam, sandy loam and sandy-clayey loam soils, and clay soils, occurring from 400 to 7,600 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 63 (071207), 68, 77, 80 (This species is listed as a Secondary Poisonous Range Plant. “Symptoms of poisoning are similar to the “blind staggers” disease caused by selenium, but the principle is unknown. Large quantities of the plant must be eaten for a considerably long time before symptoms appear. Consumption of toxic amounts is most likely to occur during the blossoming period in the spring. Poisoned cattle become partially or completely blind and wander aimlessly about until exhausted, or stand pushing against some solid object for hours. Animals lose their ability to use their tongue in swallowing and cannot eat or drink. They eventually die if neglected. As a result a popular term for the disease is “paralyzed tongue”. ... Analysis of plants in Arizona shows that tansy mustard also may accumulate toxic levels of nitrate. Poisoning may be prevented by deferring heavily infested pastures during the spring-growth period, or by providing more desirable forage to reduce mustard consumption.” See text for additional information.), 85 (082707), 101 (note)*

 

Draba cuneifolia T. Nuttall ex J Torrey & A. Gray: Wedgeleaf Draba

COMMON NAMES: Gasa, Wedgeleaf Draba, Wedgeleaf Whitlow Grass, Whitlow-grass, Whitlow-wort. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (1½ to 5 inches in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being gray-green, the flowers cream, white or yellow, flowering generally takes place between early January and late April (additional records: one for mid-May, one for late May, one for mid-July, one for mid-September, one for early December and one for late December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; plateaus; soil pockets on shaded cliff walls; rocky canyons; bases of cliffs; rocky and stony ledges; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; along rocky, cindery and gravelly slopes; gravelly bajadas; lava flows; rock outcrops; amongst rocks; rocky, gravelly and sandy flats; roadsides; along arroyos; seeps, springs; arroyos; sandy arroyo bottoms; gulches; along streams; sandy stream beds; along creek beds; along rivers; sandy river beds; along and in rocky-sandy, gravelly-sandy, sandy and silty washes; along drainages; sandy and silty banks; silty sand bars; cobbly benches; loamy bottom lands; floodplains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, stony, cobbly, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-clayey loam, gravelly loam, gravelly-sandy loam, sandy loam, clayey loam and loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 400 to 8,100 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 16, 46, 63 (112007), 77, 85 (112107)*

 

Draba cuneifolia T. Nuttall ex J Torrey & A. Gray var. integrifolia S. Watson: Wedgeleaf Draba

COMMON NAMES: Wedgeleaf Draba, Wedgeleaf Whitlow Grass, Wedgeleaf Whitlowgrass, Whitlow Grass, Whitlow-grass, Whitlow-wort. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (1½ to 5 inches in height), the flowers are white, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and early April (additional records: one for early December and one for late December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; soil pockets on shaded cliff walls; rocky canyons; bases of cliffs; hills; hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; lava flows; amongst rocks; rocky, gravelly and sandy flats; roadsides; along arroyos; seeps; along streams; along creek beds; along rivers; along and in rocky-sandy and sandy washes; silty banks; benches; loamy bottom lands; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-clayey loam, gravelly-sandy loam and loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 400 to 7,000 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 46, 63 (112007), 85 (112107)*

 

Guillenia lasiophylla (W.J. Hooker & G.A. Arnott) E.L. Greene: California Mustard

SYNONYMY: Caulanthus lasiophyllus (W.J. Hooker & G.W. Arnott) E.B. Payson, Caulanthus lasiophyllus (W.J. Hooker & G.W. Arnott) E.B. Payson var. utahensis (P.A. Rydberg) E.B. Payson, Thelypodium lasiophyllum (W.J. Hooker & G.W. Arnott) E.L. Greene. COMMON NAMES: California Mustard, Cutleaf Thelypody, Wild Cabbage. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (8 to 24 inches in height), the color of the stems has been described as being purple, the flowers pinkish-brown, white, yellow or yellow-cream, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and early May. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; rocky canyons; bases of cliffs; crevices in rocks; ridges; ridge tops; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and sandy slopes; gravelly bajadas; boulder and rock outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; lava fields; plains; gravelly flats; rocky roadsides; along streams; along creeks; along rocky-sandy, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; gravelly banks; gravelly terraces; loamy bottom lands; flood plains; along irrigation ditches; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, stony, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and gravelly loam, gravelly-sandy loam, gravelly-clayey-silty loam, sandy loam, clayey loam, silty-clayey loam and loam soils, occurring from 300 to 4,500 feet in elevation in the scrub, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46 (Thelypodium lasiophyllum (W.J. Hooker & G.W. Arnott) E.L. Greene), 63 (041907), 77, 80 (Thelypodium lasiophyllum is listed as a Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plant. “This annual mustard has been reported to accumulate toxic levels of nitrate.”), 85 (082707)*

 

Lepidium C. Linnaeus: Pepperweed

COMMON NAME: Pepperweed. *63 (032608), 85*

 

Lepidium lasiocarpum T. Nuttall: Shaggyfruit Pepperweed

COMMON NAMES: Hairypod Pepperweed, Hispidcress, Pepper Grass, Peppergrass, Pepperweed, Sand Peppergrass, Shaggyfruit Pepperweed. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or biennial forb/herb (4 to 15 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being cream, white or yellow-green, flowering generally takes place between late December and mid-May (additional records: one for late June, one for late August and one for mid-September). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; plateaus; rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; talus slopes; bases of cliffs; rocky ledges; ridges; rocky ridge tops; rocky hills; hill tops; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; sand dunes; gravelly-sandy-loamy plains; rocky, gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; coastal plains; along roadsides; along arroyos; arroyo bottoms; rocky chutes; around seeping streams; along creeks; sandy creek beds; along rivers; sandy river beds; along and in rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; along drainages; gravelly-sandy and sandy banks of rivers and washes; channel bars; sandy beaches; benches; gravelly terraces; sandy, loamy and clayey bottom lands; sandy and silty flood plains; along gravelly-sandy and sandy edges of stock tanks; gravelly and sandy riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, stony-sandy, shaley, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky loam, gravelly-sandy loam, gravelly-clayey loam, sandy loam and loam soils; silty clay and clay soils, and gravelly-sandy silty, sandy-silty and silty soils, occurring from sea level to 6,600 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 63 (012808), 68, 77, 85 (012908)*

 

Lesquerella tenella A. Nelson: Moapa Bladderpod

SYNONYMY: Physaria tenella (A. Nelson) S.L. O’Kane & I.A. Al-Shehbaz. COMMON NAMES: Bladderpod, Delicate Bladderpod, Moapa Bladderpod, Palmer Bean Pod. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (4 to 20 inches in height), the flowers are yellow, flowering generally takes place between early January and late May. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; chasms; rocky hills; gravelly slopes; alluvial slopes; sandy bajadas; amongst boulders; sand hills; sand dunes; gravelly and sandy plains; rocky and sandy flats; valley floors; rocky roadsides; gulches; along ravines; springs; along sandy streams; along rivers; along gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; along banks of washes; lakesides, and riparian areas in bouldery, rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and gravelly loam and sandy loam soils, occurring from 900 to 6,000 feet in elevation in the woodland, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 34 (gen.), 48 (gen.), 63 (071307), 85 (082807)*

 

Physaria tenella (see Lesquerella tenella)  

 

Sisymbrium irio C. Linnaeus: London Rocket

COMMON NAMES: London Rocket, Pamita, Pamiton, Rocket Mustard. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (8 inches to 5 feet in height), the flowers are yellow, flowering generally takes place between mid-December and mid-April (additional records: one for late July, two for mid-August, three for late August, one for mid-September, one for late September, one for early October, two for mid-October, one for early November and three for late November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; canyons; buttes; rock ledges; ridge tops; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; plains; rocky and gravelly flats; valleys; railroad right-of-ways; gravelly and sandy roadsides; arroyos; springs; along streams; along creeks; creek beds; river beds; along and in gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; sandy drainages; sandy banks; terraces; loamy bottom lands; flood plains; mesquite bosques; riparian areas; waste places, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-cobbly; rocky-cobbly-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils, and sandy loam and loam soils, occurring from 100 to 10,300 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: EXOTIC Invasive Plant. *5, 6, 15, 16, 22, 28 (color photograph), 46, 58, 63 (042007), 68, 77, 85 (082807), 101 (color photograph)*

 

Thelypodium lasiophyllum (see Guillenia lasiophylla)

 

 

Family Cactaceae: The Cactus Family

 

Carnegiea gigantea (G. Engelmann) N.L. Britton & J.N. Rose: Saguaro

SYNONYMY: Cereus giganteus G. Engelmann. COMMON NAMES: Giant Cactus, Giant Cereus, Ha Shun (Pima), Mashad (Tohono O’odham), “Pitahaya” (Spanish Conquistadors), Saguaro, Sahuaro. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent tree (5 to 60 feet in height and 1 to 2½ feet in diameter), the flowers are a waxy creamy-white, 2 to 3 inches across, opening at about 8 p.m. and closing at about 5 p.m. the next day, flowering generally takes place between late April and mid-June (additional records: one for mid-July, one for early September and one for early October), the ripe fruits split into 2 to 6 segments that curl back to reveal the red inner lining of the rinds which are sometimes mistakenly thought to be red flowers. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyon walls; ridges; ridgelines; rocky foothills; rocky and gravelly hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; stabilized dunes; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; along arroyos; along and in river beds; in sandy washes, and flood plains in bouldery, rocky, gravelly and sandy soils and gravelly loam and sandy-clayey loam soils, occurring from 100 to 5,100 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. Saguaros are very slow to establish, a 5 year old plant may be no more than ¼ to ½ inch in height. The growth rate of Saguaros is extremely variable. William G. McGinnies in his book “Discovering the Desert” reports that a plant 36 inches in height may be from 20 to 50 years of age, he also presents a table of typical growth rates reporting the following: 4 inches - 8.0 years, 8 inches - 12.5 years, 16 inches - 19.1 years, 32 inches - 27.3 years, 3.3 feet - 30.3 years, 6.6 feet - 40.5 years, 10 feet - 47.5 years, 13 feet - 54 years, 16 feet - 60.0 years, 18 feet - 74.0 years. 20 feet - 83.0 years, 25 feet - 107.0 years, 30 feet - 131.0 years, and 35 feet - 157.0 years. The growth rate of propagated and cultivated saguaros is much faster. One of the largest known saguaros, located in Saguaro National Monument, was reported to be 52 feet in height, had 52 arms, weighed an estimated 10 tons and was thought to be 235 years of age. The Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris), Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus), Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae), Curved-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre), Lesser Long-nosed Bat (Leptonycteris curasoae subsp. yerbabuenae) and Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) have been observed visiting the flowers. Coyotes (Canis latrans), Javelina (Peccari tajacu) and White-winged Doves (Zenaida asiatica) as well as other animals and birds feed on the saguaro fruit and seeds. Gila Woodpeckers (Melanerpes uropygialis) and Gilded Flickers (Colaptes chrysoides) make holes in this plant for their nests which are later utilized by Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens), Cactus Wrens (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus), Elf Owls (Micrathene whitneyi), House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), Lucy’s Warbler (Vermivora luciae), Purple Martins (Progne subis), and Cactus Wrens (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus). Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis), White-winged Doves (Zenaida asiatica) and other birds nest on the arms of the plant. *5, 6, 12 (color photograph, Cereus giganteus Engelm.), 13 (color photographs, in habitat with associated species Plates C.2 and D.3), 15 (color photograph on Page 77 includes habitat and associated species), 16, 18 (Carnegiea gigantea), 26 (color photograph, Carnegiea gigantea), 27 (color photograph, Cereus giganteus), 28 (color photograph, Cereus giganteus), 38 (color photograph), 45 (color photograph, Carnegiea gigantea), 46 (Carnegiea gigantea (Engelm.) Britt. & Rose), 48 (Cereus giganteus), 52 (color photograph, Cereus giganteus), 53 (Cereus giganteus Engelm.), 58, 63 (042207), 77 (color photograph #63), 85 (082907), 86 (color photograph, Cereus gigantea), 91 (Carnegiea gigantea (Engelm.) Britton & Rose), 107, 119 (Carnegiea gigantea (Engelm.) B.&R.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Cereus giganteus (see Carnegiea gigantea)

 

Cereus thurberi (see Stenocereus thurberi)  

 

Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa (G. Engelmann & J. Bigelow) F.M. Knuth var. major (G. Engelmann & J. Bigelow) D.J. Pinkava: Buckhorn Cholla

SYNONYMY: Opuntia acanthocarpa G. Engelmann & J. Bigelow var. major (G. Engelmann & J. Bigelow) L.D. Benson, Opuntia acanthocarpa G. Engelmann & J. Bigelow var. ramosa R.H. Peebles. COMMON NAMES: Buckhorn Cholla, Major Cholla. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub (32 inches to 7 feet in height, one plant was recorded as being 32 inches in height with a crown 72 inches in width, one plant was recorded as being 72 inches in height with a crown 79 inches in width), the color of the stems has been described as being grayish-blue-green, the flowers bronze-red, dark orange, brick-orange, magenta, dark pink, purple, brick-red, red-pinkish or dark yellow turning brown, flowering generally takes place between early March and early June (additional records: two for early January and two for early August), the spiny fruits are brown, gray or tan and dry when mature. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; buttes; gravelly hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; gravelly and sandy flats; basins, and along gravelly-sandy washes in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and gravelly loam soils, occurring from 800 to 3,800 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The change in nomenclature in USDA NRCS has not been recognized in BONAP, species remains as Opuntia acanthocarpa (accessed 041806). *5, 6, 12 (Opuntia acanthocarpa Engelmann & Bigelow var. major (Engelmann & Bigelow) L. Benson), 26 (gen. - Opuntia), 27 (color photograph, Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa (Engelmann & Bigelow) var. major (Engelmann & Bigelow) L. Benson), 28 (color photograph, sp.), 45 (color photograph, sp.), 46 (Opuntia acanthocarpa Engelm. & Bigel. var. ramosa Peebles), 48 (gen. - Opuntia), 53 (sp. - Opuntia acanthocarpa Engelm. & Bigel.), 63 (053007), 77 (color photograph labeled Opuntia acanthocarpa #66), 85 (083107), 119 (sp. - Opuntia acanthocarpa Engelm.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Cylindropuntia arbuscula (G. Engelmann) F.M. Knuth: Arizona Pencil Cholla

SYNONYMY: Opuntia arbuscula G. Engelmann. COMMON NAMES: Arizona Pencil Cholla, Bush Pencil Cholla, Pencil Cholla. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub (3 to 12 feet in height, one plant reported to be 5 feet in height had a crown 5 feet in width, one plant reported to be 6½ feet in height had a crown 8¼ feet in width, one plant reported to be 7 feet in height had a crown 5½ feet in width), the stems are blue-green, dull green or yellow-green, the flowers are dark bronze, brown, green-yellow, orange-yellow, red, terra cotta or yellow-green, flowering generally takes place between early April and early June (additional record: one for late July), the spineless fleshy fruits are green with a pink blush, green tinged with purple or red or yellow-green. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from hills; growing with grasses on rocky and sandy slopes; rocky and gravelly bajadas; plains; gravelly, sandy and silty flats; valleys; gravelly roadsides; along arroyos; river beds; along gravelly and sandy washes; along drainages; flood plains, and mesquite bosques in desert pavement; rocky, gravelly and sandy soils; silty loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 600 to 4,700 feet in elevation in the grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The fruit is eaten by browsing animals including the Javelina (Peccari tajacu subsp. sonoriensis). The change in nomenclature in USDA NRCS has not been recognized in BONAP, species remains as Opuntia arbuscula (accessed 041806). *5, 6, 12 (Opuntia arbuscula Engelm.), 15, 26 (gen. - Opuntia), 27 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph, Opuntia arbuscula), 45 (color photograph), 46 (Opuntia arbuscula Engelm.), 48 (gen. - Opuntia), 58, 63 (053107), 77, 85 (112207), 91, 119 (Opuntia arbuscula Engelm.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Cylindropuntia bigelovii (G. Engelmann) F.M. Knuth: Teddybear Cholla

SYNONYMY: Opuntia bigelovii G. Engelmann. COMMON NAMES: Arizona Jumping Cactus, “Ball” Cholla, Cholla Guera, Jumping Cactus, Jumping Cholla, Silver Cholla, Teddybear Cactus, Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddy-bear Cholla, Teddybear Cholla. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent subshrub or shrub (3 to 9 feet in height, one plant was reported to be just over 8 feet in height and 40 inches in width with 2 to 3 main trunks), the color of the stems has been described as being light green or bluish-green, the flowers chartreuse-yellow, cream tinged with rose, green-yellow, magenta, pink, yellow tinged with red-purple or white tinged with lavender, flowering generally takes place between early March and mid-June (additional records: one for early February, one for early September and one for early December), the nearly spineless fruits are greenish-yellow or yellow and fleshy when ripe. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky and sandy mountainsides; canyons; cliffs; talus slopes; bluffs; rocky ridges; rocky ridge tops; rocky foothills; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly and sandy slopes; bajadas; plains; gravelly and silty flats; basins; valleys; arroyos; along sandy washes; benches, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly and sandy soils; gravelly loam and silty loam soils; clay soils, and silty soils occurring from sea level to 4,400 feet in elevation in the scrub and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. This is the spiniest cholla cactus in Arizona. Thomas Kearney and Robert Peebles in their book Arizona Flora had this to say about the Teddybear Cholla: “The combination of barbed spines and densely armed, easily detached joints has earned profound respect for this formidable cholla.” Teddy-bear Chollas may live to be 60 or more years of age. The Teddybear Cholla is a preferred nesting site of the Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus). Pack Rats (Neotoma sp.) use the joints of this plant in the construction of their nests. The change in nomenclature in USDA NRCS has not been recognized in BONAP, species remains as Opuntia bigelovii (accessed 041806). *5, 6, 12 (Opuntia bigelovii Engelm.), 15 (color photograph on Page 77 includes habitat and associated species), 18, 26 (gen. - Opuntia), 27 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph, Opuntia bigelovii), 45 (color photograph), 46 (Opuntia bigelovii Engelm.), 48, 63 (042507), 77 (color photograph #13), 85 (100107), 86 (color photograph), 91 (Opuntia bigelovii Engelm.), 119 (Opuntia bigelovii Engelm.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Cylindropuntia fulgida (G. Engelmann) F.M. Knuth var. fulgida: Jumping Cholla

SYNONYMY: Opuntia fulgida G. Engelmann var. fulgida. COMMON NAMES: Chain Cholla, Chain-fruit Cholla, Cholla, Cholla Brincadora, Choya, Jumping Cholla, Sonora Jumping Cholla, Velas de Ccoyote. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub or tree (3 to 15 feet in height, one plant was reported as being 4¼ feet in height and 40 inches in width, one plant was reported as being 4¼ feet in height and 8¼ feet in width, one plant was reported as being 6½ feet in height and 5 feet in width, one plant was reported as being 10 feet in height and 13 feet in width), the stems are green or purple, the spines are golden-yellow turning brown with age, the flowers are cream-yellow, pink, pink-purple, purple, purple-pink, rose-pink or yellow tinged with pink, flowering generally takes place between mid-April and mid-September (additional record: one for early December), the smooth fleshy fruits are green or purple forming clusters or pendulant “chains”. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; sandy mountain slopes; mesas; canyons; ledges; hills; hillsides; rocky slopes; gravelly bajadas; plains; gravelly, sandy and sandy-silty flats; valleys; along creeks; along and in washes; banks of creeks and washes, and flood plains in desert pavement; rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly and sandy soils; gravelly loam soils, and sandy silty soils, occurring from 800 to 4,100 feet in elevation in the grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. Each year, following flowering, additional fruits are added to the end of the chains. Chain-fruit Chollas may live to be from 40 to 80 years of age. The Chain-fruit Cholla is a preferred nesting site of the Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus). The Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae) has been observed visiting the flowers. Deer and Javelina feed on the fruits. The change in nomenclature in USDA NRCS has not been recognized in BONAP, species remains as Opuntia fulgida (accessed 041806). *5, 6, 12 (Opuntia fulgida Engelm. var. fulgida), 15, 16 (sp.), 26 (gen. - Opuntia), 27 (color photograph, sp.), 28 (color photograph, sp. - Opuntia fulgida), 45 (color photograph, sp.), 46 (sp. - Opuntia fulgida Engelm.), 48 (gen. - Opuntia), 52 (color photograph, sp. - Opuntia fulgida), 53 (sp. - Opuntia fulgida Engelm.), 63 (042607), 77, 85 (100407), 91 (Opuntia fulgida Engelm. var. fulgida), 119 (sp. - Opuntia fulgida Engelm.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Cylindropuntia leptocaulis (A.P. de Candolle) F.M. Knuth: Christmas Cactus

SYNONYMY: Opuntia leptocaulis A.P. de Candolle. COMMON NAMES: Agujilla, Christmas Cactus, Christmas Cholla, Darning Needle Cactus, Desert Christmas Cactus, Desert Christmas Cholla, Diamond Cactus, Holycross Cholla, Pencil-joint Cholla, Pipestem Cactus, Rattail Cactus, Tajasilla, Tasajilla (Hispanic), Tasajillo, Tesajo (Hispanic). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub (1 to 6 feet in height (sometimes becoming vine-like and growing upwards with support 8 to 15 feet in height), one plant was reported as being 2 feet in height and 2 feet in width, one plant was reported as being 2½ feet in height and 5 feet in width, one plant was reported as being 40 inches in height and 5 feet in width, one plant was reported as being 4 feet in height and 8 feet in width, one plant was reported as being 5 feet in height and 8¼ feet in width), the color of the stems has been described as being gray-green, green or yellow-green, the spines gray-brown, purple-brown or yellow-brown often being paler toward the tip, the flowers bronze, cream, green, green-yellow, yellow or whitish, flowering generally takes place between early April and late June (additional records: one for mid-July and one for late July), the spineless (with glochids) fleshy fruits are coral, orange, orange-red, red, reddish-orange or yellow when mature. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; sandy mountainsides; mesas; rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; rocky ledges; gravelly ridges; hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; gravelly bajadas; rock outcrops; sand hills; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; arroyos; along ravines; along washes; sandy drainages; benches; terraces; bottom lands; flood plains, and disturbed areas often found growing within grasses, shrubs or trees in desert pavement; rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam, clayey loam and silty loam soils, and loamy clay soils, occurring from sea level to 5,000 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Desert Christmas Cactus is believed to have a life span of about 50 years. A high mortality rate is to be expected with plants coming into contact with fire. Hummingbirds have been observed visiting the flowers. The fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals. The change in nomenclature in USDA NRCS has not been recognized in BONAP, species remains as Opuntia leptocaulis (accessed 041806). *5, 6, 12 (Opuntia leptocaulis DC.), 15, 16, 18, 26 (gen. - Opuntia), 27 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph, Opuntia leptocaulis), 45 (color photograph), 46 (Opuntia leptocaulis DC.), 48 (gen. - Opuntia), 58, 63 (053107), 77, 85 (100507), 86 (color photograph, Opuntia leptocaulis), 91 (Opuntia leptocaulis DC.), 119 (Opuntia leptocaulis DC.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Cylindropuntia spinosior (G. Engelmann) F.M. Knuth: Walkingstick Cactus

SYNONYMY: Opuntia spinosior (G. Engelmann) J.W. Toumey. COMMON NAMES: Cane Cholla, Cardenche, Handgrip Cholla, Spiny Cholla, Tasajo, Walkingstick Cactus, Walking Stick Cholla. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub (16 inches to 10 feet in height), the color of the stems has been described as being brown-green, grayish-maroon, grayish-purple, green, purple or purplish-green, the spines brown, gray, pink, purplish-gray or reddish-gray, the glochids are yellowish-white, the flowers brown, green-yellow, magenta, magenta-red, maroon, orange, pink, purple, purple-pink, red, red and yellow, saffron, terra cotta, white or yellow, flowering generally takes place between early April and early July (additional records: three for early January, two for early February, one for late July and one for early August), the fleshy ripe fruits are bright lemon-yellow, yellow or yellow-green and remain on the plant for some time. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mountainsides; mesas; canyons; talus, ridgelines; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rock outcrops; amongst rocks; plains; gravelly, gravelly-sandy and silty flats; valleys; arroyos; along creeks; creek beds; along sandy washes; along drainages; banks; terraces; flood plains; mesquite bosques; sandy flood channels, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; silty-clayey loam and silty loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 1,000 to over 6,800 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) nests in the branches. The change in nomenclature in USDA NRCS has not been recognized in BONAP, species remains as Opuntia spinosior (accessed 041806). *5, 6, 12 (color photograph - Opuntia spinosior), 15, 16, 26 (gen. - Opuntia), 27 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 45 (color photographs), 46, 48 (gen. - Opuntia), 53, 58, 63 (110807), 77, 85 (110807), 119, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Echinocereus fasciculatus (G. Engelmann ex B.D. Jackson) L.D. Benson: Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus

SYNONYMY: Echinocereus fendleri (G. Engelmann) F. Seitz var. fasciculatus (G. Engelmann ex B.D. Jackson) N.P. Taylor, Echinocereus fendleri (G. Engelmann) K.T. Rümpler var. robustus (R.H. Peebles) L.D. Benson, Mammillaria fasciculata G. Engelmann ex B.D. Jackson. COMMON NAMES: Bundle Hedgehog, Bundle Hedgehog Cactus, Bundle-spine Hedgehog, Magenta-flower Hedgehog Cactus, Pinkflower Hedgehog Cactus, Robust Hedgehog Cactus, Strawberry Cactus. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub (stems 4 to 18 inches in height and 1½ to 3 inches in diameter in clusters of 1 to 30 stems), the flowers are lavender-pink, magenta, magenta-pink, magenta-purple, pink, pink-purple, purple or reddish-purple, flowering generally takes place between late March and mid-June (additional records: one for early October, one for mid-October, one for late October and one for early November), the ripe fruits are red. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; cliffs; canyons; bases of cliffs; buttes; ledges; ridges; ridge tops; foothills; rocky; gravelly and sandy hills; hillsides; knolls; rocky slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; gravelly flats; valleys; along cobbly creeks; along washes; rocky and sandy banks, and flood plains in rocky, rocky-gravelly, cobbly, gravelly and sandy soils, occurring from 1,800 to 6,300 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The fruits are eaten by birds and other animals. *5, 6, 8, 12 (color photograph), 15, 16, 27 (color photograph), 45 (color photograph), 46 (Echinocereus fendleri (Engelm.) Rümpler var. robustus (Peebles) L. Benson, Echinocereus fendleri (Engelm.) Rümpler var. robustus (Peebles) L. Benson), 48 (gen.), 58, 63 (053107), 77 (color photograph #64), 85 (also recorded as Echinocereus fasciculatus var. fasciculatus (Engelm. ex B.D. Jackson) L Benson - 112307), 119 (sp. - Echinocereus fendleri (Engelm.) Rümpler), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Echinocereus fasciculatus var. fasciculatus (see footnote 85 under Echinocereus fasciculatus)

 

Echinocereus fendleri var. fasciculatus (see Echinocereus fasciculatus)

 

Echinocereus fendleri var. robustus (see Echinocereus fasciculatus)

 

Ferocactus emoryi (G. Engelmann) C.R. Orcutt: Emory’s Barrel Cactus

SYNONYMY: Ferocactus covillei N.L. Britton & J.N. Rose. COMMON NAMES: Bisnaga, Biznaga, Coville Barrel, Emory Barrel, Emory Barrel Cactus, Emory’s Barrel Cactus, Nail-keg Barrel, Red-spined Barrel Cactus, Semxl (Seri?). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub (1 to 8 feet in height and 12 to 40 inches in diameter), the color of the flowers has been described as being orange, red or yellow sometimes with a broad pink or reddish center stripe, flowering generally takes place between early June and mid-September (additional records: one for late March, one for mid-April and one for early May), the fleshy fruits are bright yellow when mature. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; rocky peaks; rocky-gravelly hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; alluvial fans; bajadas; rocky outcrops; sand dunes; plains; grassy flats; coastal plains; arroyos; along stream beds; wash margins, and sandy flood plains in rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly and sandy soils, occurring from sea level to 3,000 feet in elevation in the scrub and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The flowers are fragrant. *5, 6, 12 (color photograph, Ferocactus covillei Britt. & Rose), 26 (color photograph, gen.), 27 (color photograph, Ferocactus covillei Britt. & Rose), 45 (color photograph), 46 (Ferocactus covillei Britt. & Rose), 63 (060107), 85 (also recorded as Ferocactus emoryi (G. Engelmann) C.R. Orcutt var. emoryi - 100707), 91 (Ferocactus emoryi Britton & Rose), 119 (Ferocactus covillei B. & R.), WTK (August 2007)*

 

Ferocactus covillei (see Ferocactus emoryi) 

 

Ferocactus emoryi var. emoryi (see footnote 85 under Ferocactus emoryi) 

 

Lemaireocereus thurberi (see Stenocereus thurberi)  

 

Mammillaria fasciculata (see Echinocereus fasciculatus)

 

Opuntia acanthocarpa var. major (see Cylindropuntia  acanthocarpa var. major) 

 

Opuntia acanthocarpa var. ramosa (see Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa var. major) 

 

Opuntia arbuscula (see Cylindropuntia arbuscula)

 

Opuntia bigelovii (see Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

 

Opuntia discata (see Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii)

 

Opuntia echinocarpa (see Cylindropuntia echinocarpa)

 

Opuntia engelmannii J.F. Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck var. engelmannii: Cactus Apple

SYNONYMY: Opuntia discata Griffiths, Opuntia phaeacantha G. Engelmann var. discata (D. Griffiths) L.D. Benson & D.L. Walkington. COMMON NAMES: Abrojo, Cactus Apple, Desert Pricklypear Cactus, Engelmann Prickly Pear, Engelmann Pricklypear, Flaming Pricklypear, Joconostle, Nopal, Prickly Pear, Vela de Coyote. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub (forms clumps 20 inches to 6 feet in height and 20 inches to 10 feet or more in diameter, one plant was reported as being 3 feet in height and 4½ feet in width, one plant was reported as being 40 inches in height and 79 inches in width), the color of the stems has been described as being a dull green, blue-green, gray-green or yellow-green, the spines white with red, the glochids yellow, the flowers pink, reddish-pink or yellow turning to orange or orange-yellow with the flowers opening at about 8 AM and remaining open for one or two days, flowering generally takes place between mid-March and late June (additional records: one for mid-July, one for mid-August, one for early September, one for mid-September and one for late December), the fruits are magenta-rose, purple, red or red-purple. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; sandy mountainsides; mesas; canyons; canyon bottoms; talus slopes; ridges; hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders; plains; rocky, gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; along arroyos; gullies; along streams; creek beds; along washes; along drainages; benches; flood plains and riparian areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly and sandy soils and silty soils, occurring from 1,000 to 7,500 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental and may live to be 30 or more years of age. The juicy fruits (tunas) with edible pulp are fed on by many browsing animals, including Black Bear (Ursus americanus amblyceps), Coyote (Canis latrans mearnsi), Javelina (Peccari tajacu sonoriensis) and Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizi) among others, and birds. The plant provides cover for many desert animals. *5, 6, 12 (color photograph, Opuntia phaeacantha Engelm. var. discata (Griffiths) Benson & Walkington “This is the largest and, in especially southern Arizona, one of the best-known native prickly pears of the Southwestern Deserts of the United States. It is variable in habit of growth, shape and size of joints, and size and distribution of spines. It is almost always found growing with var. major, which has longer brown spines restricted largely to the upper part of the narrower joint. Almost everywhere there are intergrading forms with many character recombinations. Var. discata is rarely stable but apparently a fringe-population extreme tied in closely with the more abundant and wide-ranging var. major.”), 15, 16 (Opuntia phaeacantha Engelmann var. discata (Griffiths) L. Benson - “Rocky slopes and gravelly flats; common; intergrading with O. p. var. major.”), 26 (sp. - Opuntia engelmannii), 27 (color photograph, Opuntia phaeacantha Engelmann var. discata (Griffiths) L. Benson), 28 (color photograph), 45 (color photograph, sp.), 46 (sp. - Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck.), 48 (gen. - Opuntia), 58, 63 (092306), 77 (color photograph #14 labeled Opuntia phaeacantha), 85 (101007), 91 (Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck. (Opuntia phaeacantha var. discata (Griffiths) Benson & Walkington) / Opuntia phaeacantha var. major Engelmann - “Both species are sympatric throughout much of their range and often can be found together.”), 119 (sp. - Opuntia discata Griffiths), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Opuntia fulgida var. fulgida (see Cylindropuntia fulgida var. fulgida)

 

Opuntia leptocaulis (see Cylindropuntia leptocaulis) 

 

Opuntia phaeacantha var. discata (see Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii)

 

Opuntia spinosior (see Cylindropuntia  spinosior)

 

Stenocereus thurberi (G. Engelmann) F. Buxbaum: Organpipe Cactus

SYNONYMY: Cereus thurberi G. Engelmann, Lemaireocereus thurberi (G. Engelmann) N.L. Britton & J.N. Rose. COMMON NAMES: Marismena, Mehuele, Organo, Organ Pipe Cactus, Organ-pipe Cactus, Organpipe Cactus, Pitahaya, Pitahaya Dulce (Sweet Cactus Fruit), Pitayo Dulce (Hispanic). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial succulent shrub or tree (stems 5 to 25 feet in height and 5 to 12 or more inches in width with 10 to 20 stems with larger specimens having 40 to 45 stems clustering to 6 to 18 feet in diameter), the color of the stems has been described as being gray-green, green or yellowish, the spines brownish, gray or black, the flowers (2½ to 3 inches in length and  1½ to 2½  inches in width) brownish-green, greenish-white, pale lavender, lavender with white margins, pink, purple, white or white with a pale pink center opening after sunset and closing the following morning, flowering generally takes place between mid-May and mid-June (additional records: one for early March, one for mid-April, one for mid-July and one for late July), the ripe fruits are red. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; cliff ledges; rocky canyons; rocky canyonsides; ridges; foothills; rocky and sandy hills; rocky and rocky-gravelly hillsides; rocky slopes; gravelly bajadas; amongst rocks; sand dunes; sandy plains; flats; valleys; coastal bluffs; sandy and powdery coastal plains, and rocky benches in rocky, rocky-gravelly, stony, gravelly, sandy and powdery soils, occurring from sea level to 3,500 feet elevation in the scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: PERIPHERAL PLANT(S). This plant may be useful as an ornamental but is sensitive to frosts. It has been estimated that plants 10 to 15 feet in height may be between 50 and 75 years of age, The Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris), Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae) and Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) have been observed visiting the flowers. The flowers are pollinated by bats, including Southern Long-nosed Bat (Leptonycteris curasoae yerbabuenae), and bees. The ripe fruits are eaten by ants, bats, Coyotes (Canis latrans mearnsi), Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana) and White-winged Doves (Zenaida asiatica). The candy, Pitahaya Dulce, is made by cooking the fruits of the Organ Pipe Cactus with those of Prickly Pear Cacti.*5, 6, 8, 12 (Cereus thurberi Engelm.), 13 (color photograph, in habitat with associated species Plate D.1), 18, 27 (color photograph and color photograph in habitat (p.93), Cereus thurberi), 28 (color photograph, Cereus thurberi), 45 (color photograph, Stenocereus thurberi), 46 (Lemaireocereus thurberi (Engelm.) Britt. & Rose), 48 (Cereus thurberi), 53 (Cereus thurberi Engelm.), 63 (062307), 85 (101107), 91 (Stenocereus thurberi (Engelm.) Buxb.), 119 (Lemaireocereus thurberi (Engelm.) B. & R.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Chenopodiaceae: The Goosefoot Family

 

Atriplex canescens (F.T. Pursh) T. Nuttall: Four-wing Saltbush

COMMON NAMES: Atahi’xp (Seri), Cenizo, Chamiso, Chamiso Cenizo, Chamiza, Costilla de Vaca, Four-wing Salt-bush, Four-wing Saltbush, Narrow-leaf Saltbush, Narrowleaf Wingscale, Thinleaf Fourwing Saltbush, Grey Sage Brush, Orache, Saladillo, Sha’ashkachk Iibatkam (Pima), Wngscale, Yup (Seri). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen shrub (3 to 8 feet in height, one plant was reported to be 4½ feet in height and 4½ feet in width, one plant was reported to be 5 feet in height and 6½ feet in width, one plant was reported to be 7 feet in height and 13 feet in width), the color of the leaves has been described as being gray, gray-green or green, the flowers cream, green or yellow, flowering generally takes place between late April and mid-September (additional records: one for mid-February, one for early March, one for late March, one for early October, two for late October and one for late November), the four-winged fruits are green drying to pale brown or tan. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky, rocky-sandy and sandy rims; rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; talus; rocky ledges; ridges; rocky hillsides; rocky and cindery slopes; sand hills; sand dunes; gravelly and sandy flats; coastal dunes; roadsides; arroyos; arroyo bottoms; ravines; seeps; around springs; stream beds; along creeks; creek beds; along rivers; sandy river beds; along sandy washes; in drainages; swales; gravelly-sandy and sandy banks; gravel bars; terraces; flood plains; mesquite bosques; ditches; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-sandy, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam, clayey loam and loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from sea level to 7,600 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. Four-wing Saltbush may be useful in controlling erosion. Antelope and deer browse this plant and birds and small rodents feed on the seeds. This plant is a larval food plant for the Pygmy Blue (Brefidium exile). *5, 6, 13, 15, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 63 (110807), 77, 82, 85 (110807), 91 (“As a secondary or facultative absorber of selenium, Atriplex canescens can be mildly poisonous to livestock where selenium occurs in the soil.”), WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Euphorbiaceae: The Spurge Family

 

Acalypha californica G. Bentham: California Copperleaf

SYNONYMY: Acalypha pringlei S. Watson. COMMON NAMES: California Copperleaf, Copperleaf, Hierba del Cancer, Pringle Three-seeded Mercury. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen subshrub or shrub (20 inches to 5 feet in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being green or green and red, the flowers are red, flowering generally takes place between early August and early December (additional records: one for mid-February, one for early March, one for mid-March, one for late March and one for late April). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from rocky mountains; cliffs; rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; cliffs; buttes; ledges; rocky foothills; rocky and gravelly slopes; sandy bajadas; amongst rocks; rocky mounds; flats; basins; arroyos; arroyo bottoms; rocky draws; ravines; along and in rocky and sandy washes; in drainages; banks of arroyos, and along flood plains in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and gravelly loam soils, occurring from 100 to 4,500 feet in elevation in the desertscrub ecological formation. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 8, 13 (Acalypha pringlei S. Wats.), 46 (Acalypha pringlei Wats.), 63 (101207), 85 (101207)*

 

Acalypha pringlei (see Acalypha californica) 

 

Jatropha cardiophylla (J. Torrey) J. Müller Argoviensis: Sangre de Cristo

COMMON NAMES: Limberbush, Matacora, Nettlespurge, Sangre de Cristo, Sangre-de-Cristo, Sangre-de-drago, Sangregrado, Sangrengado, Sangringada, Torote. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial (deciduous, semi-succulent) shrub (1 to 7 feet in height), the color of the bark has been described as being reddish, the leaves shiny green, the small bell-shaped flowers pink, white or yellowish, flowering generally takes place between mid-July and early September (additional records: two for  late September). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; foothills; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; boulder fields; gravelly plains; valleys; rocky roadsides; sandy arroyos; cobbly draws; along and in sandy washes; flood plains; riparian areas, and rocky disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, cobbly, gravelly and sandy soils and cobbly-gravelly loam and gravelly loam soils, occurring from 100 to 4,800 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, the shiny heart-shaped emerald green leaves appear around the time of the first rains and then provide color when the leaves turn gold in the fall. *5, 6, 13 (color photograph), 15, 16, 45 (color photograph), 46, 48, 58, 63 (060307), 77, 80 (Species of the genus Jatropha are considered to be Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plants. “Seeds of several species of Jatropha are toxic to humans and livestock but no poisoning has been reported from Arizona.”), 85 (101607), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Fabaceae (Leguminosae): The Pea Family

 

Acacia constricta G. Bentham: Whitethorn Acacia

COMMON NAMES: Chaparo Prieta, Chaparro Prieto, Common Whitethorn, Garabato, Gigantillo, Huisache, Largoncillo, Mescat Acacia, Twinthorn Acacia, Vara Prieta, Vinorama, Whitethorn Acacia, White Thorn, Yellow Cat Claw. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial deciduous (drought and cold) shrub or tree (2 to 18 feet in height and about the same in width, one plant was reported to be 8 feet in height and 8 feet in width) , the spines are white, the small flowers are golden-yellow, orange-yellow or yellow, flowering generally takes place between late April and late October (additional records: one for early March and one for early April), the fruits are brown, purple-red or reddish. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; canyon bottoms; ridges; foothills; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; gravelly bajadas; amongst boulders; sandy-loamy plains; gravelly flats; along rocky arroyos; arroyo bottoms; creeks; along gravelly, gravelly-sandy, sandy and silty-clayey washes; sandy banks of washes; sandy bottom lands; flood plains, and riparian areas in bouldery, rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-clayey loam, gravelly loam and sandy loam soils, and silty clay soils, occurring from 1,200 to 5,000 feet (infrequently to as low as 500 feet and to as high as 9,200 feet) in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, the flowers are fragrant. Whitethorn Acacia is used for food by the Desert Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus). *5, 6, 13 (color photograph), 15, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 63 (101607), 68, 77, 80 (This species is listed as a Major Poisonous Range Plant. “The plants are high in cyanide forming-compounds and have been reported to cause death of cattle in Arizona. In general, the plants are not palatable to livestock although the pods are grazed. However, in the fall of the year at or near frost time, when the range grasses become less palatable, cattle may eat heavily of these plants and death is likely to result. ... Animals should be removed from heavily infested areas during the early frost period or considerable death losses may occur.” See text for additional information.), 85 (101607), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Acacia greggii var. arizonica (see Acacia greggii var. greggii)  

 

Acacia greggii A. Gray var. greggii: Catclaw Acacia

SYNONYMY: Acacia greggii A. Gray var. arizonica P.T. Isley. COMMON NAMES: Acacia, Algarroba, Cat Claw, Catclaw, Cat Claw Acacia, Catclaw Acacia, Cat’s-claw, Devil’s Catclaw, Devil’s Claw, Devil’s-claw, Devilsclaw, Gatuno, Gregg Catclaw, Gregg’s Acacia, Tearblanket, Tepame, Tesota, Texas Mimosa, Una de Gato, Wait-a-minute. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial winter deciduous shrub or tree (40 inches to 25 feet in height with a broad crown), the leaves are green or grey-green, the fragrant flowers are yellow, yellow-green or white catkins, flowering generally takes place between mid-March and mid-July (additional records: two for late August, one for mid-September, two for late September, one for early October, two for mid-October, one for early November, one for mid-November and one for early December), the fruits (twisted seed pods) are brownish-red. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mountainsides; mesas; canyons; rocky and sandy canyon bottoms; rocky bluffs; rocky and sandy ridges; rocky slopes; amongst boulders; flats; valleys; edges of arroyos; draws; ravines; along streams; along creeks; along rivers; along sandy washes; drainages; flood plains, and riparian areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-gravelly loam, sandy loam and clayey loam soils, and gravelly clay soils, occurring from slightly above sea level to 5,300 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 13 (color photograph, sp.), 15 (sp.), 16 (Acacia greggii A. Gray var. arizonica P.T. Isley), 18 (sp.), 26 (color photograph, sp.), 28 (color photograph, sp.), 46 (sp. - “This is probably the most heartily disliked plant in the state, the sharp, strong prickles tearing the clothes and lacerating the flesh.”), 48 (sp. - “A good honey plant but a poisonous weed on range lands.”), 52 (sp.) 53, (sp.) 58, 63 (043007), 77 (sp.), 80 (The species is listed as a Secondary Poisonous Range Plant. “Plants contain cyanide-forming compounds and symptoms are typical of cyanide poisoning. The new foliage is relished by cattle in the early spring. It also may be grazed considerably during dry seasons or drouth periods when other feed is short. Plants are most dangerous in the fall during first frosts. Cattle are most often poisoned, but losses in Arizona are not heavy. Poisoning may be prevented by deferring heavily infested areas during the early frost periods.” See text for additional information.), 85 (101607), 91 (sp.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Cassia covesii (see Senna covesii)  

 

Cercidium floridum (see Parkinsonia florida)   

 

Cercidium microphyllum (see Parkinsonia microphylla)   

 

Dalea mollis G. Bentham: Hairy Prairie Clover

COMMON NAMES: : Hairy Prairie Clover, Hairy Prairie-clover, Hairy Prairieclover, Silk Dalea, Soft Dalea. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or perennial forb/herb or subshrub (2½ to 6 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being blue-magenta, blue-violet and white, gray, magenta-blue, pink, pink-orange, purple or white with lavender or purple spots, flowering generally takes place between early January and mid-June (additional records: two for early July, two for mid-September, one for mid-October, one for early November and two for early December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; plateaus; canyons; foothills; sandy hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; lava flows; amongst boulders and rocks; sand dunes; sand hummocks; plains; sandy flats; gravelly and sandy roadsides; arroyos; arroyo walls; springs, running streams; creeks; along and in gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; beaches; sandy shell mounds; riparian areas and disturbed areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-gravelly, stony-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam, sandy loam, sandy-silty loam and clayey loam soils; clay soils, and gravelly silty and gravelly-sandy silty soils, occurring from sea level to 5,000 feet in elevation in the grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formation. NOTE: The flowers are reportedly fragrant. *5, 6, 46, 63 (072007), 85 (101807)*

 

Dalea mollissima (P.A. Rydberg) P.A. Munz: Soft Prairie Clover

SYNONYMY: Dalea neomexicana (A. Gray) V.L. Cory subsp. mollissima (P.A. Rydberg) I.L. Wiggins. COMMON NAMES: Hairy Dalea, Soft Prairie Clover. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or perennial forb/herb, the flowers are purple and white, flowering generally takes place between late March and mid-June (additional records: one for late February, two for early July, one for mid-September and one for mid-October. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mesas; gravelly canyons; rocky-gravelly hillsides; hill tops; gravelly-loamy slopes; amongst rocks; sand hills; sand dunes; plains; sandy flats; gravelly and sandy roadsides; along streams; along gravelly-sandy-silty and sandy washes; on sandy banks; lake shores; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly and sandy soils; gravelly loam, sandy-silty loam and clayey loam soils, and gravelly-sandy silty and silty soils, occurring from 400 to 2,400 feet in elevation in the grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. *5, 6, 18 (gen.), 46 (Dalea neomexicana (Gray) Cory subsp. mollissima (Rydb.) Wiggins), 63 (112307), 85 (112307)*

 

Dalea neomexicana subsp. mollissima (see Dalea mollissima)  

 

Lupinus concinnus J.G. Agardh subsp. orcuttii (S. Watson) D.B. Dunn: Orcutt’s Lupine

COMMON NAMES: Orcutt Lupine, Orcutt’s Lupine. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (6 to 10 inches in height), the color of the stems and leaves has been described as being grayish (and woolly), the flowers lavender, violet or yellow with violet tips, flowering generally takes place between late February and early May (additional record: one for mid-September). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mountainsides; canyons; buttes; hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; gravelly and sandy flats; sandy roadsides; around streams; along creeks; along rivers; river beds; along sandy washes; banks of creeks; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam, sandy loam and clayey loam soils, and rocky clay soils, occurring from 1,500 to 5,000 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 15, 18 (gen.), 28 (color photograph, sp.), 46, 48 (gen.), 63 (072307), 80 (Some, but not all, species of the genus Lupinus are considered to be Secondary Poisonous Range Plants. “The lupines contain numerous poisonous alkaloids. They are mostly dangerous to sheep but cattle, goats, horses, hogs and deer have also been poisoned. The seeds and pods are most poisonous but both young and dried plants may be dangerous. However, not all species are poisonous and some may furnish moderately palatable and nutritious forage for sheep. ... Animals will seldom eat a toxic dose if desirable forage is available. Losses can generally be avoided by good range management to improve forage, by keeping animals away from dense lupine patches (particularly in late summer or on the trail), or by grazing with cattle.” See text for additional information.), 85 (102007)*

 

Lupinus sparsiflorus G. Bentham subsp. mojavensis Dziekanowski & D.B. Dunn: Mojave Lupine

COMMON NAME: Mojave Lupine. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (8 to 16 inches in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being dark green, the flowers blue, blue-purple, purple or purple and white, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and mid-May (additional records: one for early September, one for early October and one for early November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; mesas; bases of cliffs; foothills; rocky hills; hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; flats; sandy valleys; roadsides; stream beds; creeks; along rocky-sandy and sandy washes; sandy terraces; lake shores, and riparian areas in rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly and sandy soils and gravelly-sandy loam soils, occurring from 800 to 6,400 feet in elevation in the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 15, 18 (gen.), 28 (color photograph, sp.), 46 (sp.), 48 (gen.), 63 (072307), 80 (The species is listed as a Secondary Poisonous Range Plant. “The lupines contain numerous poisonous alkaloids. They are mostly dangerous to sheep but cattle, goats, horses, hogs and deer have also been poisoned. The seeds and pods are most poisonous but both young and dried plants may be dangerous. However, not all species are poisonous and some may furnish moderately palatable and nutritious forage for sheep. ... Animals will seldom eat a toxic dose if desirable forage is available. Losses can generally be avoided by good range management to improve forage, by keeping animals away from dense lupine patches (particularly in late summer or on the trail), or by grazing with cattle.” See text for additional information.), 86 (color photograph, sp.), 85 (102007)*

 

Olneya tesota A. Gray: Desert Ironwood

COMMON NAMES: Arizona Ironwood, Comitin, Desert Iron Wood, Desert Ironwood, Ho Id Cam (Pima), Ironwood, Palo de Hierro, Palo-de-hierro, Palo Fierro, Tesota. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen shrub or tree (10 to 33 feet in height and about the same in width), the color of the leaves has been described as being bluish-green, gray or gray-green, the flowers lavender, pink, pink-lavender, purplish, violet, white or yellowish, flowering generally takes place between early April and late June (additional records: one for early January and one for early March). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from desert mountains; gravelly and sandy mesas; rocky and sandy canyons; canyon bottoms; ridges; along bluffs; buttes; rocky foothills; hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; rock outcrops; amongst boulders; sand dunes; plains; rocky and gravelly flats; rocky and sandy arroyos; along gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; along gravelly-sandy and sandy banks of washes; benches; flood plains, and riparian areas in desert pavement and bouldery, rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils, occurring from sea level to 3,200 feet in elevation in the desertscrub ecological formation. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The trees are browsed by Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis). Hummingbirds including the Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae), Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa spp.) and the Solitary Bee (Centris pallida) have been observed visiting the flowers. The seeds are an important food for the Desert Wood Rat (Neotoma lepida) and other desert animals. *5, 6, 10, 13, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 52 (color photograph), 53, 63 (050107), 77, 85 (102007), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Parkinsonia aculeata C. Linnaeus: Jerusalem Thorn

COMMON NAMES: Bacapore, Bagota, Espinillo, Guacoporo, Horse Bean, Horsebean, Jerusalem Thorn, Jerusalem-thorn, Junco, Long-leaf Paloverde, Mexican Palo Verde, Mexican Paloverde, Mezquite Verde, Retama. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial drought (and possibly cold) deciduous shrub or tree (10 to 40 feet in height), the color of the older bark has been described as being brown or gray, the younger bark, branches and twigs green or yellow-green, the leaves green, the flowers orange, yellow, yellow with orange or red spots or golden-yellow, flowering generally takes place between late March and late June (additional records: one for late July, two for early August, one for late August, one for mid-September, one for late September, one for mid-October, three for late October, one for early November and one for mid-November) with the bloom generally lasting 3 to 4 weeks, the seedpods are brown and about 2 to 4 inches in length. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; foothills; hills; bajadas; gravelly and sandy alluvial fans; sand hummocks; sandy plains; sandy flats; valleys; railroad right-of-ways; roadsides; along arroyos; river beds; along sandy washes; banks of rivers; mesquite terraces; bottom lands; flood plains; along drainage ditches; along the banks of canals; irrigation ditches; riparian areas; waste places and disturbed areas in rocky-cobbly, rocky-cobbly-sandy, gravelly and sandy soils and silty soils, occurring from sea level to 4,100 feet in elevation in the grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: In Arizona, the Jerusalem Thorn is native to the Castle Dome Mountains in Yuma County and the foothills of the Baboquivari, Coyote and Quinlan Mountains in Pima County. The foliage and pods are browsed by wildlife. This plant was observed as an escaped and naturalized ornamental that has become weedy in riparian areas and along roadsides. *5, 6, 13, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 52 (color photograph), 53, 58, 63 (081007), 77, 80 (This species is listed as a Poisonous Cropland and Garden Plant. “This ornamental shrub or small tree has been reported to accumulate toxic levels of nitrate.”), 85 (102107), 91*

 

Parkinsonia florida (G. Bentham ex A. Gray) S. Watson: Blue Paloverde

SYNONYMY: Cercidium floridum G. Bentham. COMMON NAMES: Blue Palo-verde, Blue Paloverde, Palo Verde (Spanish for Green Pole, Green Stick or Green Tree), Paloverde. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial deciduous shrub or tree (40 inches to 40 feet in height), the color of the bark has been described as being blue-green, green, yellow or yellow-green, the leaves are blue-green, the flowers are yellow, flowering generally takes place between early March and mid-June (additional records: one for early February, one for mid-August, two for early September, one for late September, one for early October, one for mid-October, two for late October and three for early November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; canyons; canyon walls; sandy canyon bottoms; buttes; ridges; rocky and sandy hills; bajadas; rocky slopes; sand hills; sand dunes; flats; valley bottoms; along roadsides; gravelly arroyos; sandy arroyo bottoms; rocky draws; seeps; stream beds; along rivers; along river beds; along and in rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; rocky and sandy banks of washes; gravelly terraces; loamy bottom lands; flood plains; fence rows; stock tanks; canal banks; gravelly-sandy riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam, sandy loam and loam soils, and gravelly clay soils, occurring from sea level to 5,000 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, it has a very showy display of yellow flowers in March or April. The twigs and seed pods are browsed by wildlife and the seeds are eaten by birds and rodents and used by Bruchid Beetles. The Blue Paloverde is useful in controlling erosion. *5, 6, 13 (color photograph, in habitat Plate S.2 - Cercidium floridum Bentham), 15, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph, Cercidium floridum), 28 (color photograph, Cercidium floridum), 46 (Cercidium floridum Benth.), 48, 52 (color photograph, Cercidium floridum Benth. ex Gray), 53 (Cercidium floridum Benth.), 58, 63 (050107), 77, 85 (102107), 86, 91 (Cercidium floridum Benth.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Parkinsonia microphylla J. Torrey: Yellow Paloverde

SYNONYMY: Cercidium microphyllum (J. Torrey) J.N. Rose & I.M. Johnston. COMMON NAMES: Dipua, Foothill Palo Verde, Foothill Paloverde, Hillside Paloverde, Horsebean, Little Horsebean, Littleleaf Horsebean, Little Leaf Paloverde, Little-leaf Palo Verde, Little-leaf Palo-verde, Littleleaf Palo Verde, Littleleaf Paloverde, Palo Verde (Spanish for Green Pole, Green Stick or Green Tree), Palo-verde, Paloverde, Yellow-Palo-verde, Yellow Paloverde. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial drought deciduous shrub or tree (6 to 26 feet in height), the bark is green or yellow-green, the leaves are green or yellow-green, the flowers are yellow or yellow-green, flowering generally takes place between late March and mid-June. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; cliffs; canyons; canyon bottoms; bluffs; buttes; ledges; rocky foothills; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; alluvial fans; rocky, gravelly and gravelly-silty bajadas; boulder fields; boulder and rock outcrops; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; sandy valley bottoms; rocky roadsides; arroyos; rocky, gravelly and gravelly-sandy washes; gravelly terraces; flood plains; ditches; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils, and gravelly silty soils, occurring from sea level to 4,000 feet in elevation in the grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Foothill Paloverde is a common “nurse plant” of the Saguaro or Giant Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea). The Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae) has been observed visiting the flowers. *5, 6, 10, 13 (color photograph, in habitat Plate T.1 - Cercidium microphyllum), 15, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph, Cercidium microphyllum), 28 (color photograph, Cercidium microphyllum), 46 (Cercidium microphyllum (Torr.) Rose & Johnston), 48, 52 (color photograph, Cercidium microphyllum (Torr.) Rose & I.M. Johnst), 53 (Cercidium microphyllum (Torr.) Rose & Johnst.), 63 (050107), 77, 85 (102107), 86, 91 (Cercidium microphyllum (Torr.) Rose & I.M. Johnston), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Prosopis juliflora var. velutina (see Prosopis velutina)  

 

Prosopis velutina E.O. Wooton: Velvet Mesquite

SYNONYMY: Prosopis juliflora (O. Swartz) A.P. de Candolle var. velutina (E.O. Wooton) C.S. Sargent. COMMON NAMES: Algarroba, Chachaca, Mesquite, Mezquite, Mizquitl, Velvet Mesquite. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial deciduous shrub or tree (2 to 56 feet in height, one plant was reported to be 6½ feet in height with a canopy 6½ feet in width, one plant was reported to be 13 feet in height with a canopy 16½ feet in width), the color of the leaves has been described as being gray-green, the flowers cream-yellow, green-yellow or yellow, flowering generally takes place between mid-March and late August (additional records: one for early October and one for early November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; plateaus; canyons; rocky ridges; foothills; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rock outcrops; rocky plains; gravelly flats; valley bottoms; roadsides; draws; seeps; springs; along streams; along creeks; creek beds; along rivers; river beds; along rocky, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; playa lake beds; banks of creeks; benches; gravelly and gravelly-sandy terraces; bottom lands; flood plains; mesquite bosques; around stock tanks; around reservoirs; ditches; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky loam, sandy loam and clayey loam soils; silty clay soils, and silty soils, occurring from 300 to 6,300 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, and may live to be more than several hundred years of age. The Velvet Mesquite is a common “nurse plant” of the Saguaro or Giant Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea). The Velvet Mesquite provides food and shelter for many species of wildlife. Much of the mesquite forest (bosques) originally found along the desert water courses have been lost to fuel wood cutting and clearing for agricultural fields and commercial and residential development. The plant is a food source for quail, Desert Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus crooki) and Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana). Coyotes (Canis latrans), Round-tailed Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus tereticaudus), Desert Cottontails (Sylvilagus audubonii) and other wild animals feed on the seed pods. Velvet Mesquite is the host for a Drywood Termite (Incisitermes banksi). Bruchid Beetles feed on the fruits and seeds. *5, 6, 13 (color photograph - Prosopis juliflora (Swartz) DC. var. velutina (Wooton) Sarg.), 15, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 46 (Prosopis juliflora (Swartz) DC. var. velutina (Wooton) Sarg.), 48, 52 (color photograph), 53 (sp. - Prosopis juliflora (Sw.) DC.), 58, 63 (050107), 68, 77, 80 (This species is listed as a Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plant. “Heavy, long-continued consumption of pods and leaves of these common desert shrubs may cause rumen impaction and poisoning.”), 85 (102107), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Senna covesii (A. Gray) J.B. Irwin & R.C. Barneby: Coves’ Cassia

SYNONYMY: Cassia covesii A. Gray. COMMON NAMES: Coves Cassia, Coves’ Cassia, Cove Senna, Dais, Daisillo, Desert Senna, Hojasen, Kau Ohasen (Yaqui), Rosemaria, Rattlebox, Rattleweed. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial forb/herb or subshrub (1 to 2 feet in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being gray-green, the flowers orange-yellow, rusty-yellow, yellow or yellow with reddish veins, flowering generally takes place between early March and late September (additional records: one for mid-February, one for mid-October, two for late October, two for early November, one for mid-November, one for late November and one for early December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; rocky-sandy ridges; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; gravelly bajadas; plains; gravelly, sandy and silty flats; gravelly-sandy and sandy roadsides; arroyo bottoms; along rivers; sandy river beds; along and in sandy washes; gravelly drainages; benches; gravel bars; mesquite bosques; sandy-loamy and silty flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; sandy loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 100 to 6,700 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Cove Cassia is a larval food plant for the Cloudless Sulfur (Phoebis sennae) and Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe) and is used for food by Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii gambelii). *5, 6, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph, Cassia covesii), 46 (Cassia covesii Gray), 63 (062407), 68, 77, 82, 85 (102207), WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Fouquieriaceae: The Ocotillo Family

 

Fouquieria splendens G. Engelmann: Ocotillo

SYNONYMY: Fouquieria splendens G. Engelmann subsp. splendens G. Engelmann [superfluous autonym]. COMMON NAMES: Albarda, Barda, Barda, Candle Bush, Candlewood, Coach-whip, Coachwhip, Flamingsword, Jacob’s Staff, Monkey-tail, Ocotillo, Ocotillo del Corral, Slimwood, Vine Cactus. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial drought and cold deciduous moderately succulent shrub (cluster of 5 to 100 wand-like stems branching from the base to 5 to 33 feet in height with a crown width of 5 to 10 feet), the stems are gray or gray and green, the leaves are green, the color of the flowers has been described as being coral-red, orange, red, red-orange, salmon or scarlet in 2 to 10 inch long clusters that appear at the tips of the stems, flowering generally takes place between early February and early June (additional records: one for late June, two for early July, one for mid-July, one for early August, two for mid-September, one for late September, one for mid-October, two for late October, one for early November and three for early December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; sandy mesas; crags; rocky canyons; canyon rims; crevices in rocks; gravelly ridges; rocky ridge tops; rocky hills; rocky and gravelly hillsides; bouldery-cobbly, rocky, stony, gravelly and gravelly-sandy slopes; sandy bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders; sand hills; sand dunes; gravelly and sandy plains; gravelly and gravelly-sandy flats; valley floors; roadsides; arroyos, and terraces in bouldery, bouldery-cobbly, rocky, stony, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils, occurring from sea level to 7,500 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. Older plants may be 150 to 200 years in age. This “vase-shaped” plant has been described by Benson and Darrow as being “one of the most distinctive shrubs in the Southwestern Deserts, and it is one of the plants giving outstanding character to the flora of the region”. The Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris), Butterflies, Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa californica), Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae), Finches, Orioles, Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), Solitary Bees, Syrphid Flies, Verdins, and Warblers have been observed visiting the flowers. The Ocotillo is a preferred food plant of the Costa’s Hummingbird. *5, 6, 10, 13 (color photographs Plate N), 15, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph), 28 (color photograph), 45 (color photograph), 46, 48, 58, 63 (102207), 77 (color photograph #27), 85 (102207), 86 (color photograph), 91, 107*

 

Fouquieria splendens G. Engelmann subsp. splendens (Fouquieria splendens)

 

 

Family Geraniaceae: The Geranium Family

 

Erodium texanum A. Gray: Texas Stork’s Bill

COMMON NAMES: Alfilerilla, Desert Stork’s Bill, False Filaree, Large-flowered Stork’s Bill, Texas Stork’s Bill. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or biennial (prostrate) forb/herb (to 2 inches in height), the leaves (green with red spots) form in a basal rosette, the color of the flowers has been described as being magenta, rose-magenta or purple, flowering generally takes place between late January and mid-May (additional records: one for early June, one for mid-September and one for early October), the fruits are reddish. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; buttes; rocky ledges; ridges; foothills; rocky and sandy hills; hillsides; rocky slopes; gravelly bajadas; rocky outcrops; prairies; gravelly plains; rocky, stony, gravelly and sandy flats; roadsides; rocky arroyos; arroyo bottoms; river beds; along sandy washes; benches; margins of stock tanks; sandy riparian areas, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; rocky, stony, gravelly and sandy soils; gravelly loam, sandy loam and clayey loam soils, and sandy silty soils, occurring from 300 to 4,500 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The seeds, leaves and tender shoots are used as food by cattle, goats, horses, quail and sheep. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 58, 63 (060407), 77 (color photograph #76), 85 (112307), 86 (note)*

 

 

Family Hydrophyllaceae: The Waterleaf Family

 

Nama demissum A. Gray (var. demissum is the variety reported as occurring in Arizona): Purplemat

SYNONYMY: (Nama demissum A. Gray var. deserti A. Brand). COMMON NAMES: Leafy Nama, Morada, Purple Mat, Purplemat, Purple Nama. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (½ to 3 inches in height, stems may trail to 8 inches in length), the color of the bell-shaped flowers has been described as being magenta with a yellow throat, purplish, red-purple, rose or rose-purple, flowering generally takes place between early February and mid-June. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; canyons; gravelly talus slopes; hills; rocky hillsides; gravelly slopes; sand dunes; desert plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valley floors; sandy roadsides; along streams; along creeks; creek beds; along and in gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; marshes; gravelly and sandy banks; gravelly and gravelly-sandy terraces; sandy bottom lands; flood plains; mesquite bosques; riparian areas and disturbed in desert pavement; rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam soils, and clay soils, occurring from 200 to 4,800 feet in elevation in the desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 28 (color photograph), 46 (Nama demissum Gray var. deserti Brand), 63 (060407), 77, 85 (102207), 86 (color photograph)*

 

Nama demissum var. deserti (see Nama demissum var. demissum)

 

Phacelia caerulea E.L. Greene: Skyblue Phacelia

SYNONYMY: Phacelia coerulea E.L. Greene [orthographic variant]. COMMON NAMES: Blue Phacelia, Caterpillar Weed, Skyblue Phacelia. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (6 to 20 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being blue, lavender, lavender-white, purple, violet or whitish, flowering generally takes place between late February and late May. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; canyon bottoms; rocky talus slopes; knolls; rocky ridges, ridge tops; rocky hills; rocky and rocky-gravelly slopes; amongst rocks; gravelly flats; valley floors; gravelly roadsides; rocky arroyos; along streams; river beds; along sandy washes; sandy-loamy terraces; flood plains, and sandy riparian areas in desert pavement; rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly and sandy soils; gravelly loam, gravelly-sandy loam and sandy loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 900 to 6,600 feet in elevation in the woodland, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 46, 58, 63 (072607), 77, 85 (102207)*

 

Phacelia coerulea (see Phacelia caerulea)

 

 

Family Krameriaceae: The Ratany Family

 

Krameria grayi J.N. Rose & W.H. Painter: White Ratany

COMMON NAMES: Chacate, Cosahui, Crimson-beak, Gray Ratany, White Ratany. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial subshrub or shrub (1 to 5 feet in height and to 5 feet in width, one plant was reported to be 2 feet in height with a crown 30 inches in width), the color of the foliage has been described as being blue-gray, the flowers lavender, magenta, maroon, pinkish-purple, purple or violet, flowering generally takes place between mid-March and late June and between early September and late November (additional records: one for mid-August and one for mid-December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mountainsides; mesas; canyons; ridges; rocky ridge tops; rocky foothills; gravelly-sandy hills; hill tops; rocky and gravelly hillsides; bouldery-cobbly, rocky and gravelly slopes; alluvial fans; gravelly and sandy bajadas; rock outcrops; amongst boulders; sand dunes; sandy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; sandy valleys; gullies; along and in gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; benches; terraces; bottom lands; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, bouldery-cobbly, rocky, rocky-gravelly-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and sandy-clayey loam soils, occurring from sea level to 3,600 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, the flowers are reportedly fragrant. White Ratany is browsed by wildlife. *5, 6, 13, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 48 (gen.), 63 (050307), 77, 85 (102407), WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Lamiaceae (Labiatae): The Mint Family

 

Hyptis emoryi J. Torrey: Desert Lavender

COMMON NAMES: Bee Sage, Desert Lavender, Desert-lavender, Lavender, Mariola (Yaqui), Salvia. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen shrub (8 inches to 15 feet in height and to 8 feet in width), the color of the leaves has been described as being gray, gray-green, grayish-white or green-gray, the flowers blue, blue-lavender, bluish-purple, lavender, purple, violet or violet-blue, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and early June and between early September and mid-December (additional records: one for early July, one for mid-July and two for mid-August). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from rocky mountains; along rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; crevices in rocks; buttes; ledges; rocky and gravelly ridges; rocky foothills; rocky hills; rocky hillsides; bouldery and rocky slopes; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; sand dunes; alluvial plains, bajadas; flats; rocky arroyos; arroyo bottoms; troughs; along stream beds; by creeks; along and in bouldery, rocky, gravelly and sandy washes; in rocky drainages; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, bouldery-cobbly-sandy, rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, gravelly and sandy soils; rocky-sandy loam, sandy loam and clayey loam soils, and rocky clay soils, occurring from sea level to 6,000 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, but is sensitive to frosts. The foliage is fragrant, having the odor of lavender or turpentine. Native bees and hummingbirds visit the flowers and the seeds provide food for wildlife. *5, 6, 13, 16, 18, 28 (color photograph), 46, 48, 63 (072807), 77 (color photograph #31), 85 (102407), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Malvaceae: The Mallow Family

 

Sphaeralcea coulteri (S. Watson) A. Gray: Coulter’s Globemallow

COMMON NAMES: Coulter Globemallow, Coulter’s Globe-mallow, Coulter’s Globemallow, Sevoa’ara (Yaqui). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb or subshrub (6 to 60 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being light blue, orange, pinkish, reddish-apricot or white, flowering generally takes place between early February and late April (additional records: one for early January, two for mid-January, one for late May, one for early June, two for late August, one for mid-September, one for early November, two for late November and one for early December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; rocky sides of buttes; ridge tops; rocky hillsides; alluvial slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; sand dunes; sand hummocks; sandy desert plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; rocky and sandy roadsides; river beds; along sandy washes; sandy banks; silty swales; mesquite bosques; riparian areas; waste places, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam and loam soils; sandy clay soils, and silty soils, occurring from sea level to 3,300 feet in elevation in the desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 16, 18 (gen.), 46, 48 (gen.), 63 (112407), 68 (gen.), 77, 85 (also recorded as Sphaeralcea coulteri var. coulteri S. Wats. - 112407), 86*

 

Sphaeralcea coulteri var. coulteri (see footnote 85 under Sphaeralcea coulteri)

 

 

Family Onagraceae: The Evening-primrose Family

 

Oenothera primiveris A. Gray: Desert Evening-primrose

COMMON NAMES: Bottle Evening Primrose, Desert Evening-primrose, Large Yellow Desert Primrose, Sundrop, Yellow Desert Evening-primrose, Yellow Desert Primrose. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (prostrate, cespitose 2 to 8 inches in height), the basal rosette of leaves are green with purple blotches or greenish-gray, the flowers are cream, white or yellow fading to pink, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and early May (additional records: one for mid-August and one for late August), the fruits are tear-drop shaped. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; mesas; canyons; silty hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; gravelly bajadas; rocky outcrops; sand dunes; rocky, gravelly and sandy flats; valleys; sandy roadsides; arroyos; along draws; along creeks; creek beds; along sandy washes; swales; sandy banks; playas; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; bouldery-silty-clayey loam, gravelly loam, sandy loam and sandy-clayey loam soils, and silty soils, occurring from 200 to 6,400 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, the flowers open in the evening and close the following morning. *5, 6, 16, 18 (gen.), 28 (color photograph), 46, 48 (gen. - Oenothera spp.), 58, 63 (080207), 77, 85 (102807)*

 

 

Family Papaveraceae: The Poppy Family

 

Argemone gracilenta E.L. Greene: Sonoran Pricklypoppy

COMMON NAMES: Cardo, Chicalote; Crested Pricklepoppy, Crested Prickly Poppy, Prickle-poppy, Prickly Poppy, Sonoran Pricklypoppy. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial forb/herb (1 to 4 feet in height), the flowers are white with a yellow center, flowering generally takes place between late February and mid-June (additional records: one for late January, three for early August, one for late August, one for late September, one for early October, one for mid-November and three for late November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; talus slopes; hills; gravelly-sandy slopes; lava fields; dunes; flats; valleys; along gravelly and sandy roadsides; along arroyos; arroyo bottoms; creek beds; river beds; along and in gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; sandy drainages; silty playas; sandy bottom lands; flood plains; sandy riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-sandy loam, gravelly loam and clayey loam soils; clay soils, and silty soils, occurring from sea level to 4,500 feet in elevation in the grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. *5, 6, 18 (gen.), 46 (Supplement p. 1050), 48 (gen.), 63 (112407), 68 (gen.), 77, 80 (Species of the genus Argemone are considered to be Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plants, “These distasteful, spiny, perennial forbs contain alkaloids that could prove toxic if eaten in sufficient amounts.”), 85 (112407)*

 

Eschscholzia californica L.K. von Chamisso subsp. mexicana (E.L. Greene) J.C. Clark: California Poppy

SYNONYMY: Eschscholtzia mexicana E.L. Greene. COMMON NAMES: Amapola, Amorilla, Amopola del Campo (Hispanic - Poppy of the Countryside), California Poppy, Desert Gold Poppy, Gold Poppy, Mexican Gold Poppy. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or perennial forb/herb (4 to 24 inches in height), the color of the flowers are described as being cream, golden-orange, bright orange, orange-yellow, white, bright yellow or yellow-orange, flowering generally takes place between mid-January and early July (additional records: one for early September, two for late September, one for early October and one for mid-November). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; cliffs; ridge tops; foothills; rocky hills; hillsides; along rocky and gravelly slopes; gravelly bajadas; sandy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valley floors; gravelly roadsides; arroyos; creek beds; along rivers; along gravelly and sandy washes; drainages; gravelly-sandy riparian areas, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam and gravelly-sandy loam soils, and gravelly-sandy silty soils, occurring from 900 to 6,000 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. This plant is food for quail and Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus crooki) and White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus couesi). *5, 6, 15, 16, 18, 28 (color photograph, Eschscholtzia mexicana), 46 (Eschscholtzia mexicana Greene), 48, 58, 63 (062507), 77 (color photograph #47 labeled Eschscholtzia mexicana), 85 (112407), 86 (color photograph, Eschscholtzia mexicana)*

 

Eschscholtzia mexicana (see Eschscholzia californica subsp. mexicana) 

 

 

Family Plantaginaceae: The Plantain Family

 

Plantago fastigiata (see Plantago ovata)

 

Plantago insularis (see Plantago ovata)

 

Plantago insularis var. fastigiata (see Plantago ovata)

 

Plantago ovata P. Forsskal: Desert Indianwheat

SYNONYMY: Plantago fastigiata J. Morris, Plantago insularis A. Eastwood, Plantago insularis A. Eastwood var. fastigiata (J. Morris) W.L. Jepson. COMMON NAMES: Blond Psyllium, Desert Indian-wheat, Indianwheat, Fleaseed, Fleawort, Indian Wheat, Muumshum (Gila River Pima), Psyllium. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (2 to 6 inches in height), the leaves are gray-green, the flowers are cream, tan with reddish-brown mid-stripes or white, flowering generally takes place between early February and early June (additional records: one for early January, four for mid-January, one early July, one for early August, one for early September, one for mid-November, two records for mid-December and two records for late December). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; canyons; talus slopes; foothills; hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; alluvial slopes; gravelly and sandy bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders; lava flows; sand dunes; ridges on sand dune; sand hummocks; sandy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; rocky embankments; roadsides; seeps; along rocky, rocky-sandy and sandy washes; sandy banks of streams; gravelly and sandy river terraces; sandy shores; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, stony-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and rocky loam soils, occurring from sea level to 6,500 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46 (Plantago insularis Eastw.), 48 (gen.), 63 (080207), 77, 85 (102907)*

 

 

Family Polemoniaceae: The Phlox Family

 

Eriastrum diffusum (A. Gray) H.L. Mason: Miniature Woollystar

COMMON NAMES: Blue Star, Miniature Starflower, Miniature Woollystar, Miniature Wool Star, Starflower, Woollystar. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (1½ to 8 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being blue, blue-lavender, blue with white throats, blue-yellow, lavender with dark purple stripes, light purple or pale white, flowering generally takes place between mid-February and late June (additional record: one for mid-July). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; cliffs; canyons; buttes; sandy ridges; bouldery and rocky hills; hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; roadsides; sandy arroyos; sandy river beds; along stony-gravelly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; rocky-sandy and gravelly drainages; among clumps of grasses at the edges of arroyos; banks of rivers; flood plains, and riparian areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, stony, stony-gravelly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; clayey loam soils, and gravelly-sandy clay soils, occurring from 700 to 6,400 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 58, 63 (060707), 77 (color photograph #49), 85 (102907)*

 

Gilia stellata A.A. Heller: Star Gilia

COMMON NAMES: Star Gilia, Star Gily-flower. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb  (3 to 16 inches in height), the color of the flowers has been described as being blue and yellow, blue with white throats, blue with yellow eyes, blue-lavender, blue-pink-lavender, lavender, lavender-pink, lavender with dark purple stripes, purple, pale violet, white or white-lavender, flowering generally takes place between late January and mid-May. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; mesas; rocky cliffs; along canyons; canyon bottoms; gorges; sandy ridges; hills; rocky and gravelly hillsides; rocky; gravelly and sandy slopes; gravelly bajadas; amongst boulders; sand hills; gravelly flats; valleys; rocky and gravelly roadsides; sandy arroyos; springs; stream beds; along creeks; sandy creek beds; along and in rocky, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; along and in gravelly drainages; banks of washes; gravelly benches; flood plains; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; sandy loam, clayey loam and silty loam soils, and gravelly-sandy clay soils, occurring from 400 to 6,400 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: The flowers are rank smelling. *5, 6, 16, 18 (gen.), 46 (Supplement), 63 (050507), 77, 85 (102907)*

 

 

Family Polygonaceae: The Buckwheat Family

 

Chorizanthe brevicornu J. Torrey (var. brevicornu is the variety reported as occurring in Arizona): Brittle Spineflower

COMMON NAMES: Brittle Spine Flower, Brittle Spineflower, Short-horn Spine-flower. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (4 to 8 inches in height) the color of the basal rosette of leaves has been described as being maroon, reddish or yellow-green, the small inconspicuous flowers green (sepals only, no petals) white or yellow-green, flowering generally takes place between early February and early May (additional records: one for mid-January and one for late May). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; canyons; canyon bottoms; ridges; ridge tops; rocky foothills; hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and sandy slopes; gravelly bajadas; rock outcrops; amongst boulders, rocks and gravels; lava flows; sand dunes; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; sandy roadsides; arroyos; springs; along creeks; along rivers; river beds; along and in gravelly and sandy washes; cobbly drainages; banks of rivers; gravelly-sandy and sandy terraces, and riparian areas in desert pavement; bouldery, rocky, rocky-cobbly-sandy, rocky-gravelly, cobbly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-gravelly loam, gravelly-sandy loam and silty loam soils, and sandy silty soils, occurring from 200 to 4,100 feet in elevation in the desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 46, 63 (080407), 77, 85 (103007)*

 

Eriogonum clutei (see Eriogonum deflexum var. deflexum) 

 

Eriogonum deflexum J. Torrey var. deflexum: Flatcrown Buckwheat

SYNONYMY: Eriogonum clutei P.A. Rydberg, Eriogonum deflexum J. Torrey var. turbinatum (J.K. Small) J.L. Reveal. COMMON NAMES: Flatcrown Buckwheat, Flatcrowned Wild Buckwheat, Flat-topped Buckwheat, Skeleton Weed, Skeleton-weed, Skeletonweed, Skeleton Weed Eriogonum. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual forb/herb (6 to 24 inches in height), the color of the stems has been described as being blue-gray, gray-green, green or purple-red, the leaves (basal rosette) blue-gray, gray-green or green, the small flowers cream, pink, pink-white, white or white with pink mid-stripes, flowering takes place between early February and late December (additional records: three for mid-January), the fruits may be bright pink. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; plateaus; canyons; canyon bottoms; talus slopes; rocky sides of buttes; ridgelines; foothills; talus hills; rocky and gravelly hillsides; rocky, cindery, sandy and clayey slopes; bajadas; gravelly and sandy flats; valley bottoms; gravelly roadsides; sandy arroyos; gravelly ravines; creek beds; gravelly river beds; along and in gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; drainages; sand bars; cobbly and sandy debris fans; sandy bottom lands; roadside ditches; along canal banks; riparian areas; waste places, and disturbed areas in rocky, rocky-gravelly, rocky-sandy, cobbly, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky loam and gravelly loam soils, and sandy clay and clay soils, occurring from 200 to 7,000 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 15, 16, 18 (gen.), 46 (Eriogonum clutei Rydb. and sp.), 48 (gen.), 58, 63 (080407), 68, 77, 85 (103007)*

 

Eriogonum deflexum var. turbinatum (see Eriogonum deflexum var. deflexum) 

 

 

Family Rhamnaceae: The Buckthorn Family

 

Condalia spathulata (see footnote 46 under Condalia warnockii var. kearneyana) 

 

Condalia warnockii M.C. Johnston var. kearneyana M.C. Johnston: Kearney’s Snakewood

COMMON NAMES: Crucillo, Guichutilla, Kearney Condalia, Kearney Snakewood, Kearney’s Snakewood, Mexican Crucillo, Squaw-bush, Squawbush.  DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial deciduous (though considered evergreen except during periods of severe drought) shrub (40 inches to 13 feet in height, one plant was reported to be 6½ feet in height with a crown 10 feet in width, one plant was reported to be 10 feet in height with a crown 10 feet width), the color of the flowers has been described as being yellowish), flowering generally takes place between early February and November (flowering records: one for early February, one for mid-August, one for late August and one for mid-September), the fruits are black, dark purple or reddish black. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; gravelly and sandy mesas; canyon bottoms; cliff faces; rocky ledges; edges of meadows; foothills; rolling hills; rocky, gravelly and sandy slopes; rocky and gravelly bajadas; gravelly and sandy flats; gulches; rocky washes; along drainages; terraces; flood plains, and around tanks in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils, occurring from 1,600 to 5,600 feet in elevation in the grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE:. This plant may be useful as an ornamental. *5, 6, 13, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46 (recorded as Condalia spathulata A. Gray), 58, 63 (060807), 77, 85 (080707), 91, WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

Family Scrophulariaceae: The Figwort Family

 

Penstemon parryi (A. Gray) A. Gray: Parry’s Beardtongue

COMMON NAMES: Parry Beardtongue, Parry’s Beardtongue, Parry Penstemon, Parry’s Penstemon, Pichelitos, Varita de San Jose, Wind’s Flower. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial forb/herb (2 to 4 feet in height and 1 to 3 feet in width), the color of the flowers has been described as being lavender, pink, pink-lavender, purple, purple-magenta, red, rose-magenta, rose-pink or scarlet, flowering generally takes place between mid-February and late June (additional records: one for late July). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been range reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; canyons; bases of cliffs; foothills; rocky hills; rocky and gravelly hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst rocks; gravelly flats; along gravelly roadsides; seeps; stream beds; creek beds; along and in rocky and sandy washes; along banks, and disturbed areas in rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly-sandy loam and clayey loam soils, and clay soils, occurring from 1,400 to 6,500 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. The Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) and Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae) have been observed visiting the flowers. *5, 6, 10, 15, 16, 18, 28 (color photograph), 46, 48 (gen.), 58, 63 (112407), 77 (color photograph #95), 80 (Species of the genus Penstemon are considered to be Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plants. “Species of Penstemon are facultative or secondary selenium absorbers.”), 85 (112507), 86 (color photograph)*

 

 

Family Simaroubaceae: The Quassia-wood Family

 

Castela emoryi (A. Gray) R.V. Moran & R.S. Felger: Crucifixion Thorn

SYNONYMY: Holacantha emoryi A. Gray. COMMON NAMES: Cascara Amarga, Castela, Chaparro Amargosa, Corona de Cristo (Spanish), Crucifixion Thorn, Emory Crucifixion Thorn, Holacantha (Latin for allthorn), Rosario. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial deciduous (leafless most of the year) shrub or tree (3 to 15 feet in height), the color of the stems and stout branches has been described as being blue-green, gray-green or dark green, the flowers cream-yellow, gray-green, greenish-yellow or rose-pink (salmon), flowering generally takes place between mid-April and early August (additional records: one for late September and one for mid-November), the persistent fruits are green changing to yellow, red, dark brown and finally black as they ripen. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky canyons; hills; slopes; bajadas; sand dunes; gravelly-silty plains; sandy flats; valleys; gravelly-silty valley bottoms; roadsides; along and in rocky, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; gravelly-sandy banks; margins of playas; bottom lands; flood plains, and disturbed areas in desert pavement; rocky, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; sandy clay and clay soils, and gravelly silty and silty soils, occurring from 400 to 2,400 feet in elevation in the desertscrub ecological formation. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, the branches are heavily armed with thorns,  the fruits remain on the plant for five to seven years. *5, 6, 8, 13, 28 (color photograph), 46 (Holacantha emoryi Gray), 48, 53 (Holacantha emoryi A. Gray), 63 (051507), 85 (111107), 91, WTK (August 2008)*

 

Holacantha emoryi (see Castela emoryi) 

 

 

Family Solanaceae: The Potato Family

 

Lycium C. Linnaeus: Desert-thorn 

COMMON NAMES: Desert-thorn, Lycium, Thornbush, Wolfberry. *63 (040207), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Nicotiana obtusifolia F.K. Mertens & H.G. Galeotti var. obtusifolia: Desert Tobacco

SYNONYMY: Nicotiana trigonophylla M.F. Dunal. COMMON NAMES: Coyote Tobacco, Desert Tobacco, Punche (a Punch), Tabaquillo (Little Tobacco), Tabaquillo de Coyote, Wo’i Viva (Yaqui). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual, biennial or perennial forb/herb or subshrub (1 to 3½ feet in height), the color of the leaves has been described as being dark green, the flowers cream, cream-white, greenish-white, white, yellow or lemon yellow, flowering takes place throughout the year. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; cliffs; canyons; canyon walls; canyon bottoms; talus slopes; bases of cliffs; crevices; rocky bluffs; ridges; craters; rocky hills; hill tops; rocky hillsides; rocky slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders and rocks; dunes; flats; valleys; railroad right-of-ways; sandy roadsides; arroyos; arroyo walls; arroyo bottoms; along streams; gravelly-sandy stream beds; creek beds; along rocky and sandy washes; drainages; rocky and silty banks of washes; lake shores; flood plains; ditch banks; riparian areas; waste places, and disturbed areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, cindery, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils and silty soils, occurring from sea level to 6,500 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: The flowers reportedly utilized by hummingbirds when other nectar-rich sources are not available. *5, 6, 15, 16, 28 (color photograph, Nicotiana trigonophylla), 46 (Nicotiana trigonophylla Dunal), 58, 63 (081207), 68, 77, 80 (This species is listed as a Secondary Poisonous Range Plant. “The poisonous principle is the highly toxic nicotine and other alkaloids which are poisonous to all classes of livestock and to humans. The plants are generally unpalatable to range livestock but frequent losses have been reported. ... Since wild tobaccos are generally unpalatable and grow predominantly in waste places, range improvement to reduce waste areas and to provide ample forage is the best means of preventing losses.”), 85 (081207), 86 (color photograph, Nicotiana trigonophylla)

 

Nicotiana trigonophylla (see Nicotiana obtusifolia var. obtusifolia) 

 

Physalis crassifolia G. Bentham: Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry

COMMON NAMES: Desert Ground Cherry, Thick-leaved Ground Cherry, Tomate de Culebra, Tomatillo del Desierto, Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial annual or perennial forb/herb or subshrub (4 to 40 inches in height), the color of the leaves is dark green, the flowers are yellow, flowering generally takes place between late January and mid-May and mid-July and late December (additional records: two for mid-June). HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky mountainsides; mesas; bouldery and rocky canyons; sandy canyon bottoms; talus slopes; bases of cliffs; crevices in rocks; buttes; ridge crests; foothills; sandy hills; rocky hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; amongst boulders; sand dunes; plains; gravelly and sandy flats; along gravelly roadsides; arroyos; rocky arroyo bottoms; along rocky draws; gullies; seeps; sandy river beds; along and in rocky, gravelly-sandy and sandy washes, in rocky drainages; marshes; sandy banks; rocky terraces, and riparian areas in bouldery, rocky, rocky-pebbly, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; gravelly loam and clayey loam soils, and clay soils, occurring from 200 to 5,300 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *5, 6, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 63 (112507), 77, 80 (Species of the genus Physalis are considered to be Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plants. “It has been suspected that animals have been poisoned by eating large quantities of the tops and unripe fruits of these forbs.”), 85 (112507)*

 

 

Family Ulmaceae: The Elm Family

 

Celtis ehrenbergiana (J.F. Klotzsch) F.M. Liebmann: Spiny Hackberry

SYNONYMY: Celtis pallida J. Torrey, Celtis tala J. Gillies ex J.E. Planchon var. pallida (J. Torrey) J.E. Planchon. COMMON NAMES: Acebuche, Bainoro, Capul, Desert Hackberry, Garabato, Garambullo, Granjeno, Huasteco, Kunwo (Yaqui), Palo de Aguila, Rompecapa, Shiny Hackberry, Spiny Hackberry. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen shrub or tree (3 to 20 feet in height, one plant was reported to be 7 feet in height with a crown 7 feet in width), the color of the leaves has been described as being dark green, the inconspicuous flowers green, greenish-yellow or white-green, flowering generally takes place between early March and late October, the ripe fruits are orange, bright red, reddish-orange or yellow. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; mesas; rocky canyons; canyon bottoms; ridges; foothills; rocky hillsides; bouldery, rocky and gravelly slopes; bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders; shady coves; plains; flats; roadsides; arroyos; draws; seeps; springs; along streams; along stream beds; along creeks; along gravelly and sandy washes; in drainages; benches; gravelly terraces; flood plains; mesquite bosques; around stock tanks; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in bouldery, bouldery-rocky, bouldery-cobbly-sandy, rocky, rocky-gravelly, gravelly and sandy soils and gravelly clay soils, occurring from 800 to 5,600 feet in elevation in the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental, the small fruits are juicy and sweet. The Desert Hackberry may live to be more than 88 years of age and may be useful in controlling erosion. The Desert Hackberry is a larval food plant for the American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) and Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia) and is browsed by deer; it provides a nesting site for the White-wing Dove (Zenaida asiatica), and cover for Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii gambelii) and other birds and mammals. The fruits are eaten by many birds, small desert mammals, coyotes (Canis latrans), foxes and javelinas (Peccari tajacu). *5, 6, 13 (Celtis tala Gillies var. pallida (Torrey) Planch.), 15, 16, 18, 26 (color photograph, Celtis pallida), 28 (color photograph, Celtis pallida), 46 (Celtis pallida Torr.), 48, 58, 63 (112607), 85 (112607), 91 (Celtis pallida Torr.), WTK (June 2005)*

 

Celtis pallida (see Celtis ehrenbergiana) 

 

Celtis tala var. pallida (see Celtis ehrenbergiana) 

 

 

Family Viscaceae (Loranthaceae): The Christmas Mistletoe Family

 

Phoradendron californicum T. Nuttall: Mesquite Mistletoe

SYNONYMY: Phoradendron californicum T. Nuttall var. distans W. Trelease. COMMON NAMES: American Mistletoe, Desert Mistletoe, Mesquite American Mistletoe, Mesquite Mistletoe, Toji, Western Dwarf Mistletoe. DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial subshrub or shrub (to 2 feet in diameter), the stems are green or yellow-green, the fragrant flowers are greenish-yellow, flowering generally takes place between late July and mid-May (additional records: one for early June, one record for late June and one record for early July), the fruits are orange, pink, red, red-orange or white. HABITAT: Partial parasite observed growing on Blue Paloverde, Desert Ironwood, Foothill Paloverde, Kearney Condalia, Velvet Mesquite and Whitethorn Acacia, commonly found growing on Acacia spp. (Acacia constricta, Whtitethorn Acacia; Acacia farnesiana, Sweet Acacia; Acacia greggii, Catclaw Acacia); Condalia spp. (Condalia globosa, Bitter Snakewood); Condalia warnockii, Kearney Snakewood); Larrea spp. (Larrea tridentata, Creosote Bush); Olneya spp. (Olneya tesota, Desert Ironwood); Parkinsonia spp. (Parkinsonia aculeata, Jerusalem Thorn; Parkinsonia florida, Blue Paloverde; Parkinsonia microphylla, Yellow Paloverde); Prosopis spp. (Prosopis glandulosa, Honey Mesquite; Prosopis pubescens, Screwbean Mesquite; Prosopis velutina, Velvet Mesquite), and Ziziphus spp.(Ziziphus obtusifolia, Lotebush), occurring from 500 to 5,100 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: The Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens) feeds on the berries and disperses the seeds to other host plants. Verdins nest in the stems. *5, 6, 13 (color photograph), 15, 16, 28 (color photograph), 46, 58, 63 (050607), 77, 80 (Species of the genus Phoradendron are considered to be Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plants. “Cattle may be killed by browsing these parasitic forbs, but plants are unpalatable and poisoning is rare. Also children may be poisoned by eating the berries.”), 85 (111107), 97, WTK (June 2005)*

 

Phoradendron californicum var. distans (see Phoradendron californicum) 

 

 

Family Zygophyllaceae: The Creosote-bush Family

 

Larrea divaricata subsp. tridentata (see Larrea tridentata var. tridentata) 

 

Larrea tridentata (M. Sessé y Lacasta & J.M. Mociño ex A.P. de Candolle) F.V. Coville var. tridentata: Creosote Bush

SYNONYMY: Larrea divaricata A.J. Cavanilles subsp. tridentata (M. Sessé y Lacasta & J.M. Mociño ex A.P. de Candolle) R.S. Felger. COMMON NAMES: Chaparral, Coville Creosotebush, Creosote Bush, Creosote-bush, Creosotebush, Gobernadora, (erroneously called Greasewood), Guamis, Hediondilla (Little Bad Smeller). DESCRIPTION: Terrestrial perennial evergreen shrub (20 inches to 12 feet in height and about the same in width), the leaves are bright glossy green or yellow-green, the flowers are yellow or yellow-white, flowering takes place throughout the year with the peak blooming periods occurring in the spring, between March and April, and then again between November and December, the round fuzzy fruits are gray, reddish, white or rust. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from mountains; rocky, gravelly and sandy mesas; plateaus; canyons; canyon bottoms; talus slopes; rocky ridges; foothills; hills; hillsides; rocky and gravelly slopes; alluvial fans; sandy bajadas; rocky outcrops; amongst boulders; sand dunes; sandy plains; gravelly and sandy flats; valley bottoms; roadsides; along and in gravelly-sandy and sandy washes; sandy banks of streams, creeks and rivers; gravelly and sandy terraces; flood plains; mesquite bosques; riparian areas, and disturbed areas in well-drained bouldery, rocky, rocky-sandy, stony, gravelly, gravelly-sandy and sandy soils; rocky-clayey loam and clayey loam soils; sandy clay soils, and silty soils, occurring from below sea level to 8,600 feet in elevation in the woodland, scrub, grassland and desertscrub ecological formations. NOTES: This plant may be useful as an ornamental. Older stems of the Creosote Bush may be 40 to 90 years of age. As the Creosote Bush ages the older central stems of the plant die off and new stems form at the outer edge of the crown. New stems are not created at the center of the plant. As the crown of the plant expands a “clonal ring”, made up of genetically identical individual shrublets, develops which continues the outward expansion of the ring eventually reaching several yards in diameter. It has been estimated that some of the older rings approach 11,700 years of age. Lac Scale insects (Tachardiella sp.) and Jackrabbits feed on this plant. Stem galls are produced by the Creosote Gall midge (Asphondylia sp.). The Creosote Bush is the characteristic plant of the southwestern deserts with its distribution very closely delineating the desert regions. When planting a Creosote Bush consider planting a small Desert Night-blooming Cereus (Peniocereus greggii var. transmontanus) at the base of the plant. The branches will provide support and the roots will protect the tuber of the cereus from hungry Javelinas. *5, 6, 13 (color photograph), 16, 18, 26 (color photograph of species - Larrea tridentata, sp.), 28 (color photograph of species - Larrea tridentata, sp.), 46 (sp., Larrea tridentata (DC.) Coville “An outstanding xerophyte and a very important element of the perennial desert flora in southern and western Arizona. ... Creosote-bush has a strong characteristic odor, especially noticeable when the foliage is wet. The plant is ordinarily not touched by livestock, although it is reported that sheep, especially pregnant ewes, have been killed by partaking of it. This plant is reported to cause dermatitis in exceptional persons who are allergic to it.”), 48, 63 (081407), 77 (color photograph #101), 80 (This species is listed under Rarely Poisonous and Suspected Poisonous Range Plants. “Early reports accusing this common desert shrub of being poisonous have been proven wrong.”), 85 (081407), 91, 101 (color photograph of species - Larrea tridentata, sp.), 107, WTK (June 2005)*

 

 

 

 

LISTING OF ANIMALS

 

 

STRICTLY ENFORCED LAWS PROTECT MANY OF ARIZONA’S NATIVE  ANIMALS FROM

COLLECTION AND FROM BEING DISTURBED OR KILLED

 

 

* numbers appearing between the asterisks relate to footnotes and sources of information*

 

 

 

Kingdom Animalia: The Animal Kingdom

Subkingdom Metazoa: The Multicellular Animals

Section Deuterostomia: The Deuterostomes

Phylum Chordata: The Chordates

Subphylum Vertebrata: The Vertebrates

 

 

 

CLASS AVES: The BIRDS

 

 

Family Cathartidae: The New World Vulture Family

 

Cathartes aura (C. Linnaeus) (5): Turkey Vulture

COMMON NAMES: Nuwi (Tohono O’odham), Turkey Buzzard, Turkey Vulture, Zopilote (Hispanic). HABITS: Feeds on carrion. No nest, eggs are laid in crevices in rocks, on cliffs, on the ground in thickets and in tree hollows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (subspp. septentrionalis and teter - 071706), 20, 55, 69, 73, 84, 93, 106 (0514-2606), WTK (August 2008)*

 

 

 

CLASS MAMMALIA: The MAMMALS

 

 

Family Antilocapridae: The Pronghorn Family

 

Antilocapra americana subsp. sonoriensis Goldman (5): Sonoran Pronghorn

COMMON NAMES: “Antelope”, Prong-horn, Pronghorn, Pronghorn Antelope, Prong-horned Antelope, Sonoran Pronghorn, Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope. HABITS: The species feeds on cacti including chain-fruit cholla, forbs, grasses, ocotillo and sagebrush. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *8, 14 (a marginal distribution record was identified near Cipriano Well in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument - 113006, 55 (sp. - Antilocapra americana Ord “Formerly widely distributed in grassland areas throughout the state; presently restricted to areas of favorable habitat.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052806), 106 (052806), 118 (Antilocapra americana sonoriensis Goldman - Distribution: Southwestern Arizona. Figure 111, Page 255)*

 

 

Family Bovidae: The Cow, Sheep and Allies Family

 

Ovis canadensis subsp. mexicana C.H. Merriam: Desert Bighorn Sheep

COMMON NAMES: Berrego Cimarron (Hispanic), Berrego Cimarron del Desierto (Hispanic), Bighorn, Bighorn Sheep, Desert Bighorn, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. HABITS: The species feeds on agave, brittle bush, bursage, bush muhly, cacti, catclaw, cholla, coffeeberry, desert fluffgrass, desert ironwood, desert thorn, fairy duster, filaree, galleta, grama, jojoba, mesquite, mallow, Nevada joint fir, plantain, prickly-pear, ratany, ricegrass, saguaro, saltbush, threeawn and turpentine broom; young are dropped in small scraped out depressions located in protected places on inaccessible peaks. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14, 55 (sp. - Ovis canadensis Shaw “Probably formerly statewide in mountainous or rocky situations; presently restricted to scattered low desert mountains.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - no records 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (072306), 118 (Ovis canadensis mexicana Merriam - Distribution: Probably formerly statewide in mountainous situations. Figure 112, Page 257)*

 

 

Family Canidae: The Dog and Allies Family

 

Canis latrans subsp. mearnsi Merriam: Coyote

COMMON NAME: Coyote. HABITS: The species feeds on amphibians, berries, birds, carrion, fruits, gophers, insects, mice, rabbits, reptiles and squirrels. The young are born in dens that may be dug in the ground or located in caves. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp.), 55 (sp. - Canis latrans Say “Statewide (120 - 9,100 feet.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Canis latrans mearnsi Merriam - Distribution: Statewide. Figure 87, Page 217)*

 

Urocyon cinereoargenteus (J.C. von Schreber): Common Gray Fox

COMMON NAMES: Common Gray Fox, Gray Fox, Zorra Gris (Hispanic). HABITS: Feeds on birds, desert cottontails, grasshoppers, ground squirrels, hackberry fruits, insects, juniper berries, kangaroo rats, lizards, manzanita berries, prickly-pear seed, snakes, white-footed mice and wood rats. Whelping usually takes place in burrows dug into the ground or in dens in rocks and cliffs. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14, 55 (Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Schreber) “Statewide with the possible exception of the northeast portion (120 - 5,800 feet).”), 65, 73, 85 (052906), 100, 106 (052906), 118 (Recorded as Urocyon cinereoargenteus scottii Mearns - Distribution: Probably statewide. Figure 90, Page 222)*

 

Vulpes macrotis C.H. Merriam: Kit Fox

COMMON NAMES: Kit Fox, Zorra del Desierto (Hispanic). HABITS: Feeds on berries, birds, cottontail rabbits, crickets, grasses, grasshoppers, ground squirrels, jack rabbits, kangaroo rats, lizards and pocket mice. The young are born in dens in underground burrows that have been excavated in soft soils. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: Vulpes velox (T. Say): The Swift Fox is generally considered a separate species by most authors. *14 (subspp. macrotis Merriam and neomexicanus Merriam - 050907), 55 (Vulpes macrotis Merriam “Widely distributed at lower elevations throughout the southern part of the state (120 - 5,000 feet).”), 65, 73, 85 (no records - 052906), (100), 106 (052906), 118 (Vulpes macrotis arispus Elliot - Distribution: Lower elevations in western and southern part of the state. Vulpes macrotis neomexicana Merriam - Distribution: Extreme southeastern Arizona. Figure 89, Page 220)*

 

Vulpes velox (see note under Vulpes macrotis) 

 

 

Family Cervidae:  The Deer and Allies Family

 

Odocoileus hemionus subsp. crooki (Mearns): Mule Deer

COMMON NAMES: Black-tailed Deer, Burro, Desert Mule Deer, Mule Deer, Venado Pardo (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on acorns, beans, branches, fruits, leaves or needles, nuts, seeds and/or twigs of aspen, barberry, bitterbrush, blackberry, buckbrush, buckwheat, calliandra, ceanothus, catclaw, cedar, cliffrose, dogwood, Douglas fir, huckleberry, joint fir, jojoba, juniper, mountain mahogany, mountainlover, oak, pinyon, ponderosa pine, poplar, sagebrush, saltbush, serviceberry, thimbleberry, white fir, wild cherry, willow and yew, and grasses lupines, mistletoe, moss, mushrooms, salal, sedges and spurges. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp.), 55 (sp. - Odocoileus hemionus (Rafinesque) “Statewide, but not of uniform distribution (250 - 9,000 feet).”), 65, 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Odocoileus hemionus crooki (Mearns) - Distribution: Northeastern, central and southeastern part of the state. Figure 109, Page 252)*

 

Odocoileus virginianus subsp. couesi (E. Coues & Yarrow): Coues’ White-tailed Deer

COMMON NAMES: Arizona Whitetail, Coues’ Deer, Coues’ White-tailed Deer, Desert Whitetail, Fantail, Sonora White-tailed Deer, Sonoran Fantail, Venado Cola Blanca (Hispanic), Virginia Deer, Whitetail, White-tailed Deer, Whitetail Deer. HABITS: The species feeds on fungi, grass and acorns, branches, buds, cones, fruits, leaves, mast, needles and /or twigs of alder, barberry, buckbrush, calliandra, catclaw acacia, Emory and scrub oaks and other evergreen oaks, hackberry, hemlock, holly-leaf buckthorn, juniper, mesquite, mountainlover, Oregon-grape, pinyon, ratany, sagebrush, skunkbush, spiderwort, spruce, willow, yellow-leaf silktassel. Young are generally dropped along ridges and hillsides. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14, 55 (Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmermann) “Southeastern Arizona (1,200 - 9,000 feet).”), 65, 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100, 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Odocoileus virginianus couesi (Coues & Yarrow) - Distribution: Southern Arizona. Figure 110, Page 254)*

 

 

Family Felidae: The Cat Family

 

Felis rufus subsp. baileyi (see Lynx rufus subsp. baileyi)

 

Lynx rufus subsp. baileyi Merriam: Bobcat

SYNONYMY: Felis rufus (J.C. von Schreber) subsp. baileyi Elliot. COMMON NAMES: Bobcat, Gato Montes (Hispanic), Wildcat. HABITS: The species feeds on bighorn sheep, ground nesting birds, carrion, cottontail rabbits, deer, jack rabbits, lizards, porcupines, rodents, small mammals and snakes. Young are born in dens located in rocky caves, hollow logs and recesses. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *55 (sp. - Lynx rufus (Schreber) “Statewide (120 - 9,300 feet).”), 65, 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100, 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Lynx rufus baileyi Merriam - Distribution: Statewide. Figure 106, Page 247)*

 

 

Family Geomyidae: The Pocket Gopher Family

 

Thomomys bottae subsp. comobabiensis Huey: Botta’s Pocket Gopher

COMMON NAMES: Botta’s Pocket Gopher, Southwestern Pocket Gopher, Tuza de Botta (Hispanic), Valley Pocket Gopher. HABITS: The species feeds on bulbs, grasses, herbaceous plants, roots and tubers. Young are born in nests in underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp. - several varieties listed - 051107), 55 (sp. - Thomomys bottae (Eydoux and Gervais) “Widely distributed throughout the state at all elevations.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Thomomys bottae comobabiensis Huey - Distribution: Slopes of Comobabi Mountains, Pima County. Figure 46, Page 107)*

 

 

Family Heteromyidae: The Kangaroo Rat and Pocket Mouse Family

 

Chaetodipus intermedius subsp. intermedius C.H. Merriam: Rock Pocket Mouse

SYNONYMY: Perognathus intermedius subsp. intermedius C.H. Merriam. COMMON NAMES: Raton de Rocas de Bosla (Hispanic), Rock Pocket Mouse. HABITS: The species feeds on seeds. Burrows are dug in soil near to or under rocks. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (051007), 55 (sp. - Perognathus intermedius Merriam “Widely distributed in rocky areas in the Colorado River valley, western and southern Arizona (120 - 6,000 feet).”), 65 (gen.), 73 (sp. - Perognathus intermedius), 85 (sp. - Perognathus intermedius Merriam - 051007), 100 (sp. - Chaetodipus intermedius), 106 (sp. - Chaetodipus intermedius (Merriam) - 051007), 118 (Chaetodipus intermedius intermedius Merriam - Distribution: Known from Mohave County southward and eastward, across most of the state to Cochise County. Figure 54, Page 141)*

 

Chaetodipus penicillatus subsp. pricei (S.W. Woodhouse): Desert Pocket Mouse

SYNONYMY: Perognathus penicillatus subsp. pricei S.W. Woodhouse). COMMON NAMES: Desert Pocket Mouse, Raton de Desierto (Hispanic), Sonoran Desert Pocket Mouse. HABITS: The species feeds on seeds of creosote bush, grass, greythorn, herbs and mesquite. The nest is made in underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (051007), 55 (sp. - Perognathus penicillatus Woodhouse “Widely distributed in desert and low grasslands of southern and western Arizona (120 - 5,200 feet.”), 65 (gen.), 73 (sp. - Perognathus penicillatus), 85 (sp. - Perognathus penicillatus (A.H. Howell) - 051007), 100 (sp. - Chaetodipus penicillatus), 106 (sp. - Chaetodipus penicillatus (Woodhouse) - 051007), 118 (Perognathus penicillatus pricei Allen - Distribution: Known from south-central Arizona. Figure 53, Page 137)*

 

Dipodomys merriami subsp. merriami Mearns: Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat

COMMON NAMES: Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat, Rata de Nopalera Merriam (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on ants, green plant material and seeds of creosote bush, grama grass, mesquite, ocotillo and purselane. Nests are made in underground burrows often located under bushes. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp. - 051007), 55 (“Widely distributed in western and southern parts of the state.”), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. with a listing of species), 118 (Dipodomys merriami merriami Mearns - Distribution: Occurs throughout most of the western and southern part of the state. Figure 56, Page 145)*

 

Dipodomys spectabilis subsp. perblandus Goldman: Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat

COMMON NAMES: Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat, Kangaroo Rat, Rata de Nopalera (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on grasses, forbs, succulent plants, insects, rodents and seeds. Nests are made up of chaff, stems and leaves of grass located in underground burrows in firm soils. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (051007), 55 (sp.), 65 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. with a listing of species), 118 (Dipodomys spectabilis perblandus Goldman - Distribution: Known from the grasslands of southern Pinal and Pima County. Figure 55, Page 143)*

 

Perognathus amplus subsp. taylori Goldman: Arizona Pocket Mouse

COMMON NAME: Arizona Pocket Mouse. HABITS: The species feeds on green plants, insects and seeds. Nests are located in underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *55 (sp. - Perognathus amplus Osgood “Locally common in desert areas on south-central, western and north-central parts of the state (500 - 5,100 feet).”), 65 (gen.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 118 (Perognathus amplus taylori Goldman.  Distribution: Known from south central Arizona. Figure 50, Page 129)*

 

Perognathus intermedius subsp. intermedius (see Chaetodipus intermedius subsp. intermedius)

 

Perognathus penicillatus subsp. pricei (see Chaetodipus penicillatus subsp. pricei) 

 

 

Family Leporidae: The Hare and Rabbit Family

 

Lepus alleni subsp. alleni Mearns: Antelope Jack Rabbit

COMMON NAME: Antelope Jack Rabbit. HABITS: The species feeds on cacti, Catclaw Acacia, grasses, herbs and the bark, buds and leaves of mesquite. Young are born in a nest that is usually located above ground. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp.), 55 (sp. - Lepus alleni (Mearns) “Occurs in the central third of the southern half of the state.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Lepus alleni subsp. alleni Mearns - Distribution: Occurs in the central third of the southern half of the state. Figure 31, Page 68)*

 

Lepus californicus subsp. eremicus J.A. Allen: Black-tailed Jack Rabbit

COMMON NAMES: Black-tailed Jack Rabbit, “Jackass Rabbit”. HABITS: The species feeds on grass, mesquite leaves and prickly-pear cacti. Young are born in nests located either above or below ground in forms that have been lined with breast hair, after birth the young are moved to separate nests and cared for individually by the female. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp.), 55 (sp. - Lepus californicus Gray “Statewide.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Lepus californicus eremicus J.A. Allen - Distribution: Southeastern Arizona. Figure 32, Page 69), WTK (August 2008)*

 

Sylvilagus audubonii (S.F. Baird) subsp. arizonae: Desert Cottontail

COMMON NAME: Desert Cottontail. HABITS: The species feeds on green plants, cacti, bark and twigs. Young are born into nests lined with forbs, grasses and the females fur which are located on the ground and in brush piles, piles of rocks, and burrows abandoned by other animals. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp.), 55 (sp. - Sylvilagus audubonii (Baird) “Common at elevations below 6,000 feet throughout the state.), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 052906), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 052906), 118 (Sylvilagus audubonii arizonae (J.A. Allen) - Distribution: Widely distributed at elevations up to 6,000 feet in the western half of the state. Figure 34, Page 74)*

 

 

Family Mephitidae: The Skunk Family

 

Mephitis macroura subsp. milleri (Mearns): Hooded Skunk

COMMON NAMES: Hooded Skunk, Zorrillo (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on small birds, insects and other invertebrates, rodents and plant material; young are born in a dens located in burrows or among rocks. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (Mephitis macroura milleri (Mearns) - 050807), 55 (sp. - Mephitis macroura (Lichtenstein) “Southeastern part of the state (2,000 to 6,000 feet).”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053006), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053006), 118 (Mephitis macroura milleri (Mearns) - Distribution: South central and southeastern Arizona. Figure 101, Page 240) *

 

Spilogale gracilis Merriam: Western Spotted Skunk

SYNONYMY: Spilogale putorius subsp. gracilis Merriam. COMMON NAMES: Spotted Skunk, Western Spotted Skunk, Zorillo Pinto (Hispanic). HABITS: Feeds on arachnids, berries, birds and bird eggs, carrion, fruits, insects, small mammals, scorpions and seeds. Dens are made in rock crevices and hollow logs. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (Spilogale putorius subsp. gracilis Merriam is a synonym for Spilogale gracilis C. Linnaeus the Western Spotted Skunk. Spilogale putorius subsp. leucoparia is a synonym for Spilogale putorius C. Linnaeus the Eastern Spotted Skunk. 051107), 55 (Spilogale putorius (Linnaeus) “Probably statewide (120 - 7,000 feet).”), 65 (Spilogale putorius), 73 (Spilogale gracilis), 85 (Spilogale putorius - 051107), 100 (Spilogale gracilis), 106 (gen. - 053006), 118 (Spilogale putorius gracilis Merriam - Distribution: Probably statewide. Figure 99, Page 237)*

 

Spilogale putorius (see footnotes 14, 55, 65 and 85 under Spilogale gracilis)

 

Spilogale putorius subsp. gracilis (see Spilogale gracilis)

 

 

Family Molossidae: The Free-tailed Bat Family

 

Eumops perotis subsp. californicus (Merriam): Greater Western Mastiff Bat

COMMON NAMES: Bonnet Bat, Greater Western Bonneted Bat, Greater Mastiff Bat, Greater Western Mastiff Bat, Mastiff Bat, Murcielago Mastiff (Hispanic), Western Mastiff Bat. HABITS: The species feeds on crickets, long-horned grasshoppers, moths and other small insects. Roosts in crevices and shallow caves in cliffs and rock walls at lower elevations. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *8, 14 (051107), 55 (sp. - Eumops perotis (Schinz) “Rare, in small colonies in rock crevices at lower elevations in the western and southern part of the state.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (no records - 053006), 92 (sp.), 100 (sp.), 106 (fam. - 053006), 118 (Eumops perotis californicus (Merriam) - Distribution: Probably throughout southern Arizona in the Lower Sonoran Life Zone. Figure 29, Page 65)*

 

 

Family Muridae: The Mouse and Rat Family

 

Neotoma albigula subsp. albigula Hartley: White-throated Wood Rat

COMMON NAMES: Packrat, White-throated Packrat, Trade Rat, White-throated Wood Rat. HABITS: The species feeds on cacti, forbs, fruits, juniper, leaves, mesquite beans, seeds and yucca. Nests are built under mesquite, cholla and prickly-pear cacti, or in rocky crevices using sticks, pieces of cholla and prickly-pear cacti, and rubbish, sometimes with underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (051107), 55 (sp. - Neotoma albigula Hartley “Widely distributed at elevations below 7,000 feet throughout all of the state south of the Colorado River. (120 - 8,000 feet).”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053006), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053006), 118 (Neotoma albigula albigula Hartley - Distribution: Occurs commonly south of the Mogollon Rim. Figure 76, Page 193)*

 

Onychomys torridus subsp. torridus (E. Coues): Southern Grasshopper Mouse

COMMON NAMES: Raton Chapulinero del Sur (Hispanic), Scorpion Mouse, Southern Grasshopper Mouse. HABITS: The species feeds on arthropods, beetles, grasshoppers, insects, lizards, other species of mice, scorpions, seeds and small vertebrates. Nests are located in underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (subsp. torridus - 020307), 55 (sp. - Onychomys torridus (Coues) “Widely distributed in the western and southern parts of the state (120 - 5,000 feet).”), 65 (gen.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053006), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053006), 118 (Onychomys torridus torridus (Coues) - Distribution: Southeastern quarter of the state. Figure 62, Page 161)*

 

Peromyscus eremicus (S.F. Baird) subsp. eremicus: Cactus Mouse

COMMON NAMES: Cactus Mouse, Raton de Cactaceas (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on flowers, small fruits, insects, green plant material and seeds. Nests are made within the abandoned burrows of other animals, clumps of cacti and among rocks. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (sp.), 55 (sp. - Peromyscus eremicus (Baird) “Widely distributed in western and southern Arizona (120 - 6,000 feet).”), 65 (gen.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053006), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053006), 118 (Peromyscus eremicus eremicus (Baird) - Distribution: Almost all of the western and southern part of the state.  Figure 67, Page 171)*

 

Peromyscus maniculatus subsp. sonoriensis (Le Conte): Deer Mouse

COMMON NAMES: Deer Mouse, Raton Venado (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on bark, berries, bones, centipedes, earthworms, small fruits, fungi, insects, leaves, nuts and snails. Nests are built in buildings, underground burrows, rock crevices debris, in and under logs, and clumps of vegetation. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (subspp. blandus (Osgood) and rufinus (Merriam) - 050907), 55 (Peromyscus maniculatus (Wagner) “Statewide (120 - 11,400 feet).”), 65 (gen.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053006), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053006), 118 (Peromyscus maniculatus sonoriensis (Le Conte) - Distribution: Grasslands at lower elevations throughout the state. Figure 69, Page 177)*

 

Reithrodontomys megalotis subsp. megalotis (S.F. Baird): Western Harvest Mouse

COMMON NAME: Western Harvest Mouse. HABITS: The species feeds on arachnids, grasses, insects (larvae and adults) and seeds of grasses forbs and shrubs. Spherical nests are made of woven plant material and lined with plant fibers and can be located near the ground or above the ground in dense vegetation. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (050907), 55 (sp. - Reithrodontomys megalotis (Baird) “Statewide (120 - 8,000 feet).”), 73 (sp.), 85 (053006), 100 (sp.), 106 (053006), 118 (Reithrodontomys megalotis megalotis (Baird) - Distribution: At medium and low elevations statewide except extreme northeastern part of the state. Figure 64, Page 164)*

 

 

Family Mustelidae: The Weasel and Allies Family

 

Taxidea taxus (J.C. von Schreber): American Badger

COMMON NAMES: American Badger, Badger, Badger Tejon (Hispanic). HABITS: Feeds on ground dwelling birds and eggs, carrion, insects, rodents and snakes. Young are born in dens in underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (subsp. berlandieri Schreber - 050907), 55 (Taxidea taxus (Schreber) “Statewide (120 - 7,000 feet).”), 65, 73, 85 (053006), 100, 106 (053006), 118 (Taxidea taxus - Distribution: Statewide. Figure 98, Page 235)*

 

 

Family Phyllostomidae: The Leaf-nosed Bat Family

 

Leptonycteris curasoae subsp. yerbabuenae (Martinez & Villa-R.): Southern Long-nosed Bat

SYNONYMY: Leptonycteris nivalis sanborni D.F. Hoffmeister, Leptonycteris sanborni (Saussure). COMMON NAMES: Lesser Long-nosed Bat, Little Long-nosed Bat, Mexican Long-nosed Bat, Murcielago de Sanborn (Hispanic), Sanborn’s Long-nosed Bat, Sanborn’s Southern Long-nosed Bat, Southern Long-nosed Bat. HABITS: The species feeds on insects, nectar, pollen and the nectar and soft-bodied fruits of agaves and cacti. Roosts are located in caves, rock crevices and mines. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: Long-nosed bats are pollinators of Agaves, Cardons, Organ Pipe Cacti and Saguaros. *8, 14 (Populations may be compromised by roost-site disturbance, loss of food sources and direct killing by humans. - 050907), 35 (This species is vulnerable to disturbances at roosting sites by cave explores.), 55 (recorded as Leptonycteris nivalis (Saussure) “Locally common in moist caves. Known from Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties.”), 85 (no records - 053006), 92 (Leptonycteris sanborni), 100 (sp. - Leptonycteris curasoae), 106 (053006), 118 (recorded as Leptonycteris nivalis nivalis (Saussure) - Distribution: Known only from the southeastern part of the state. Figure 9, Page 35)*

 

Leptonycteris nivalis (see footnote 55 under Leptonycteris curasoae subsp. yerbabuenae)

 

Leptonycteris nivalis nivalis (see footnote 118 under Leptonycteris curasoae subsp. yerbabuenae)

 

Leptonycteris nivalis sanborni (see Leptonycteris curasoae subsp. yerbabuenae)

 

Leptonycteris sanborni (see Leptonycteris curasoae subsp. yerbabuenae)

 

Macrotus californicus S.F. Baird: California Leaf-nosed Bat

COMMON NAMES: California Leaf-nosed Bat, Leaf-nosed Bat, Leafnose Bat, Waterhouse’s Leaf-nosed Bat, Murcielago de California (Hispanic). HABITS: Feeds on beetles, butterflies, caterpillars, cicadas, crickets, dragonflies, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, moths and other insects. Roosts are located in caves and abandoned mine tunnels. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from  the grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *8, 14 (subspp. californicus (Audubon & Bachman) and stephensi (Dalquest) - 050907), 55 (Macrotus californicus Baird “Locally common in shallow caves, mine tunnels and under bridges. Occurs widely at lower elevations in the western and southern parts of the state.”), 73, 85 (no records - 053006), 92, 100, 106 (053006), 118 (Macrotus californicus Baird - Distribution: Known from lower elevations in the southern and western parts of the state. Figure 7, Page 32)*

 

 

Family Procyonidae: The Raccoon and Allies Family

 

Bassariscus astutus subsp. arizonensis Goldman: Ringtail

COMMON NAMES: Band-tailed Cat, Cacomistle, Civet Cat, Coon CatGato Minero (Hispanic), Miner’s Cat, Ringtail, Ringtail Cat, Ring-tailed Cat. HABITS: The species feeds on berries, birds, fruits, carrion, crickets, eggs, insects, lizards, small mammals, snakes and spiders. Nests are made of grass located in dens in underground burrows, caves, cliffs, rocky outcrops, cavities in logs, stumps and trees and man-made structures. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *8, 14 (050907), 55 (Bassariscus astutus (M.H. Lichenstein) “Statewide (120 - 6,500 feet).”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 051107), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 053106), 118 (Bassariscus astutus arizonensis Goldman - Distribution: Statewide except extreme southeastern and southwestern parts. Figure 93, Page 227)*

 

 

Family Sciuridae: The Squirrel and Allies Family

 

Ammospermophilus harrisii (J.J. Audubon & Bachman): Harris’ Antelope Squirrel

SYNONYMY: Citellus harrisii (J.J. Audubon & Bachman). COMMON NAMES: Harris’ Antelope Squirrel, Yuma Antelope Squirrel. HABITS: Feeds on fruits, insects, plants and seeds. Dens are located in underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14, 55 (Citellus harrisii (Audubon & Bachman) “Southern and western parts of the state at elevations below 6,500 feet.”), 65, 73, 85 (053106), 100, 106 (gen. - 053106), 118 (Citellus harrisii harrisii (Audubon & Bachman) - Distribution: Southern and western Arizona except for most of Yuma County. Citellus harrisii saxicola (Mearns) - Distribution: Southwestern Arizona. Figure 38, Page 85)*

 

Citellus harrisii (see Ammospermophilus harrisii)

 

Citellus harrisii harrisii (see footnote 118 under Ammospermophilus harrisii)

 

Citellus harrisii saxicola (see footnote 118 under Ammospermophilus harrisii)

 

Citellus tereticaudus (see Spermophilus tereticaudus)

 

Citellus tereticaudus neglectus (see footnote 118 under Spermophilus tereticaudus)

 

Citellus variegatus subsp. grammurus (see Spermophilus variegatus subsp. grammurus)

 

Spermophilus tereticaudus S.F. Baird: Round-tailed Ground Squirrel

SYNONYMY: Citellus tereticaudus S.F. Baird. COMMON NAME: Round-tailed Ground Squirrel HABITS: Feeds on buds of burroweed and mesquite, cacti, green vegetation, insects, seeds of creosote bush, mesquite, flowers of ocotillo, paloverde, plantain, and saltbush, observed visiting road kill and taking scavenging Gambel’s Quail chicks; nests are made of plant fibers and stems and located in dens in underground burrows. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the desertscrub ecological formation. *14, 55 (Citellus tereticaudus Baird “Lower Sonoran Life-zone of the western part of the state (below 3,200 feet).”), 65, 73, 85 (053106), 100, 106 (gen. - 053106), 118 (Citellus tereticaudus neglectus (Merriam) - Distribution: Lower Sonoran Life Zone of southwestern Arizona. Figure 39, Page 90)*

 

Spermophilus variegatus subsp. grammurus (Erxleben): Rock Squirrel

SYNONYMY: Citellus variegatus subsp. grammurus (Say). COMMON NAMES: Ardilla Coluda (Hispanic), Rock Squirrel. HABITS: The species feeds on acorns, berries, small birds, chicks and eggs, carrion, insects, fruits, small mammals, nuts and seeds burrows. Nests are made of leaves, pine needles and plant fibers and located in dens in underground burrows between boulders, rock crevices and talus. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14, 55 (sp. - Citellus variegatus (Erxleben) “Statewide, especially at elevations below 6,000 feet.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053106), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053106), 118 (Citellus variegatus subsp. grammurus (Say) - Distribution: Statewide, especially common below 6000 feet. Figure 37, Page 82)*

 

 

Family Soricidae: The Shrew Fmaily

 

Notiosorex crawfordi subsp. crawfordi (E. Coues): Crawford’s Desert Shrew

COMMON NAMES: Crawford’s Desert Shrew, Crawford’s Gray Shrew, Desert Shrew, Gray Shrew, Musarana del Deseirto Crawford (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on centipedes, insects, lizards, small mice, scorpions, sowbugs and spiders. Nests are made of shredded bark and leaves and located in packrat dens or under dead agaves. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (050907), 55 (Notiosorex crawfordi (Coues) “Locally common, widely distributed statewide at elevations below 6,000 feet, especially in riparian situations.”), 65 (sp.), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053106), 100 (sp.), 106 (sp. - 051107), 118 (Notiosorex crawfordi crawfordi (Coues) - Distribution: Probably occurs statewide at elevations below 6000 feet. Figure 5, Page 30)*

 

 

Family Tayassuidae: The Javelina Family

 

Dicotyles tajacu subsp. sonoriensis (see Peccari tajacu subsp. sonoriensis)

 

Peccari tajacu subsp. sonoriensis (Mearns): Collared Peccary

SYNONYMY: Dicotyles tajacu subsp. sonoriensis (Mearns), Tayassu tajacu subsp. sonoriensis (Mearns). COMMON NAMES: Collared Peccary, Jabalina (Hispanic), Javelina, “Musk Hog”, Peccary. HABITS: The species feeds on agaves, amphibians, berries, bulbs, fruits, fungi, grasses, insects, mesquite beans, nuts, roots, palm nuts, succulent plants, prickly-pear and other cacti, reptiles, rodents, roots, sotol, tubers and worms. Javelina bed down during the day in thick brush and prickly-pear thickets and at night in burrows usually under the roots of trees. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (050907), 55 (sp. - Tayassu tajacu (Linnaeus) “Southeastern and central parts of the state (1,200 - 6,000 feet).”), 65 (sp. - Pecari angulatus), 73 (sp. - Dicotyles tajacu), 85 (no records - 051207), 100 (sp. - Tayassu tajacu), 106 (sp. - Tayassu tajacu - 051107), 118 (Tayassu tajacu sonoriensis (Mearns) - Distribution: Southern part of the state. Figure 107, Page 249)*

 

Tayassu tajacu subsp. sonoriensis (see see Peccari tajacu subsp. sonoriensis)

 

 

Family Ursidae: The Bear Family

 

Euarctos americanus subsp. amblyceps (see Ursus americanus subsp. amblyceps)

 

Ursus americanus subsp. amblyceps (Baird): Black Bear

SYNONYMY: Euarctos americanus subsp. amblyceps (Baird). COMMON NAMES: American Black Bear, Black Bear, Cinnamon Bear, Oso Negro  (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on acorns, ants, beetles, berries, buds, carrion, crickets, currants, fishes, fruits, grapes, grubs, insects, leaves, pinyon nuts, prickly-pear fruit, raspberries, sprouts, small to medium-size mammals and other vertebrates and twigs. Shelter is taken in dense cover and they climb trees to escape danger. Nests are made of grasses leaves, mud and sticks located in a den. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *14 (050907), 55 (sp. - Euarctos americanus (Pallas) “Formerly common throughout the mountainous areas of the state, now greatly reduced in numbers and distribution.”), 73 (sp.), 85 (no records - 053106), 100 (sp.), 106 (includes a listing of subspecies and their distribution - 050907), 118 (Euarctos americanus amblyceps (Baird) - Distribution: Probably formerly occurred throughout the state, at least in mountainous areas. Figure 91, Page 224)*

 

Ursus arctos subsp. horribilus Ord: Grizzly Bear

SYNONYMY: Ursus horribilus Ord. COMMON NAMES: (subspecies of Brown Bear), Grizzly Bear, Oso Gris (Hispanic), Silvertip Bear. HABITS: The species feeds on berries, carrion, fishes (Bass, Salmon, Trout), fungi, grasses, insects (Army Cutworm moths), leaves, large (Bison, Black Bear, Caribou, Deer, Elk, Moose, Mountain Goats) and small (rodents) mammals, nuts (Whitebark Pine nuts), roots and sprouts. The Grizzly Bear beds down in depressions in thickets. Dens are excavated from under rocks or located in caves, crevices or hollow trees. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTES: EXTIRPATED from Arizona. The Grizzly Bear is Extinct in Arizona. The last confirmed kill was made on the slopes of Mount Baldy (Apache County) in the summer 1939). Grizzly Bears were exterminated by American immigrants because of the risks to humans and livestock. *14 (Ursus arctos subspp. horriaeus (Baird) and perturbans (Merriam) - 050907), 39 (Ursus horribilus), 40 (Ursus arctos - Grizzly Bears were historically present in the Rincon and Santa Catalina Mountains and along the Santa Cruz River bottom from Nogales to Tucson), 55 (Ursus horribilus Ord “Formerly throughout the mountainous areas of the state, now extinct in Arizona.”), 73 (Ursus horribilus), 85 (no records - 053106) 100 (Ursus arctos), 106 (Ursus arctos subsp. horribilus Ord - 051207), 118 (Ursus horribilus - Distribution: Formerly statewide, now extinct in Arizona. Figure 92, Page 225)*

 

Ursus arctos (see footnotes 14 and 100 under Ursus arctos subsp. horribilus)

 

Ursus horribilus (see Ursus arctos subsp. horribilus)

 

 

Family Vespertilionidae: The Plain-nosed Bat Family

 

Corynorhinus townsendii subsp. pallescens (see Plecotus townsendii subsp. pallescens)

 

Euderma maculatum (J.A. Allen): Spotted Bat

COMMON NAMES: Death’s Head Bat, Jackass Bat, Murcielago Pinto (Hispanic), Pinto Bat, Spotted Bat. HABITS: Feeds on insects. Roosts in cracks and crevices in caves, cliffs and ledges, and under loose rock in rocky situations, possibly in close proximity to water. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This bat is rarely encountered. Riparian habitats seem to be important. *8, 14 (053007), 55 (Euderma maculata (J.A. Allen) “Extremely rare; known from four specimens, Maricopa and Yuma counties.”), 73, 85 (no records - 072306), 92, 100, 106 (072306), 118 (Euderma maculata (J.A. Allen) - Distribution: Can be expected almost anywhere in the state although recorded from only four localities. Figure 23, Page 57)*

 

Myotis californicus (J.J. Audubon & Bachman) subsp. stephensi: California Myotis Bat

COMMON NAMES: California Bat, California Myotis, California Myotis Bat, Murcielago de California (Hispanic). HABITS: The species feeds on arachnids and insects. Roosts in crevices and cracks in cliffs and canyon walls, caves, mine shafts and man made shelters. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *8 (sp. - Myotis californicus N. Miller), 14 (subspp. californicus (Audubon & Bachman) and stephensi (Dalquest) - 051007), 55 (sp. - Myotis californicus Audubon & Bachman “Locally common throughout the state.”), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053106), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053106), 118 (Myotis californicus stephensi Dalquest - Distribution: Northern and western part of the state. Figure 16, Page 45)*

 

Myotis velifer subsp. brevis Vaughan: Cave Myotis Bat

COMMON NAMES: Cave Bat, Cave Myotis, Cave Myotis Bat, Mexican Brown Bat, Murcielago de Cueva (Hispanic), Southwestern Cave Myotis. HABITS: The species feeds on small moths and other small insects. Roosts in holes and pockets in caves, crevices, bridges, buildings, abandoned mine shafts, tunnels, and trees. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *8 (Myotis velifer velifer J.A. Allen), 14 (051007), 55 (sp. - Myotis velifer (J.A. Allen) “Locally abundant in summer months at lower elevations (below 5,000 feet) throughout the southern and western parts of the state.”), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053106), 92 (sp.), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053106), 118 (Myotis velifer brevis Vaughan - Distribution: Probably statewide. Figure 11, Page 37)*

 

Myotis velifer velifer (see footnote 8 under Myotis velifer subsp. brevis)

 

Pipistrellus hesperus (H. Allen) subsp. hesperus: Western Pipistrelle Bat

COMMON NAMES: Canyon Bat, Flittermouse, Murcielago del Poniente (Hispanic), Western Pipistrelle, Western Pipistrelle Bat. HABITS: The species feeds on insects. Roosts in buildings, crevices in canyon walls, caves, cliffs, rocky outcrops, under rocks and in mine shafts. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: This is the smallest of the western bats. *8 (sp. - Pipistrellus hesperus N. Miller), 14 (051007), 55 (sp. Pipistrellus hesperus (H. Allen)), 73 (sp.), 85 (sp. - 053106), 100 (sp.), 106 (gen. - 053106), 118 (Pipistrellus hesperus apus Elliot - Distribution: Southeastern Arizona. Figure 19, Page 49)*

 

Plecotus townsendii subsp. pallescens (Miller): Pale Townsend’s Big-eared Bat

SYNONYMY: Corynorhinus townsendii subsp. pallescens (Frost). COMMON NAMES: Lump-nosed Bat, Mule-eared Bat, Murcielago de Townsend (Hispanic), Pale Townsend’s Big-eared Bat, Western Big-eared Bat, Western Long-eared Bat, Western Lump-nosed Bat. HABITS: The species feeds on small moths and other small insects; roosts on open ceilings in caves and rock shelters, and under bridges and in water diversion tunnels, abandoned mines, mine tunnels and buildings. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from tundra, forest, woodland, scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. NOTE: The Pale Townsend’s Big-eared Bat is a rather sedentary species that is extremely sensitive to human disturbance and the vandalism of roost caves. *14 (053007), 55 (sp. - Plecotus townsendii (Cooper) - “Locally common throughout the state at elevations above 5,000 feet; rare at lower elevations.”), 73, 85 (053106), 92, 100, 118 (Corynorhinus townsendii pallescens Miller - Distribution: Probably more or less state wide but more abundant in the Upper Sonoran and Transitional Life Zones. Figure 24, Page 58)*

 

 

 

CLASS REPTILIA: The REPTILES

 

 

Family Testudinidae: The Land Tortoise Family

 

Gopherus agassizi (J.G. Cooper) - Sonoran Population (also spelled Gopherus agassizii) (5): Sonoran Desert Tortoise

COMMON NAMES: Desert Tortoise, Sonoran Desert Tortoise. HABITS: Feeds on cacti, forbs, grasses, Slender Janusia and other plants and plant materials. Takes shelter in underground burrows, caliche caves located along washes and crevices. HABITAT: Within the range of this species it has been reported from the scrub, grassland, desertscrub and wetland ecological formations. *8, 14, 37, 55, 73, 87, 106 (060306)*

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

I would like to thank Matthew B. Johnson for his review of several of the listings, his input into the layout, his numerous trips into the field to assist in the identification of species and above all for his continued support for this project. I would also like to thank Philip D. Jenkins, Assistant Curator, and the Botanists of the University of Arizona Herbarium for years of assistance with plant identifications. I would also like to thank Neva Connolly, Julia Fonseca and Bill Singleton with the Pima County Department of Transportation and Flood Control District for being willing and able to present the listings on the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan website.

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES and REFERENCES

for the Species Distribution Listings compiled for Arizona

 

 

(1) General Mapping:

 

Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer. 2002. DeLorme.

www.delorme.com

 

National Geographic Arizona Seamless USGS Topographic Maps. Maps created with TOPO! R C 2002 National Geographic.

 

                Sikort Chuapo Mts., Arizona - 15 Minute Topographic Series 1963

 

Tucson Metropolitan Street Atlas 2005 Edition. Wide World of Maps, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona.

www.maps4u.com

 

(2) Physiographic Province Mapping:

 

Walker, Henry P. and Don Bufkin. 1979. Historical Atlas of Arizona, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Page 4A and Map.

 

(3) Soils Mapping:

 

Arizona General Soil Map, July 1975, United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service and the University of Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station, compiled by J.E. Jay, Y.H. Havens, D.M. Hendricks, D.F. Post and C.W. Guernsey.

 

Richardson, M.L. and M.L. Miller. March 1974. United States Department of Agriculture - Soil Conservation Service in cooperation with the Pima County Natural Resource Conservation District, Report and Interpretations for the General Soil Map of Pima County, Arizona and General Soil Map Pima County Arizona. Arizona General Soil Map, July 1975, United States Department of Agriculture - Soil Conservation Service and the University of Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station, compiled by J.E. Jay, Y.H. Havens, D.M. Hendricks, D.F. Post and C.W. Guernsey.

 

(4) Biotic Communities Mapping and Definitions

 

Ecological formations used in the listings follow those presented in the mapping for the Biotic Communities of the Southwest.

 

Brown, David E. 1982. Biotic Communities of the American Southwest – United States and Mexico, Desert Plants, Volume 4, Numbers 1-4, Published by the University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Brown, David E. and Charles H. Lowe. Revised June 1983. Biotic Communities of the Southwest, August 1980, General Technical Report RM-78, United Stated Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.

 

Brown, David E., Charles H. Lowe and Charles P. Pase. June 1980. A Digitized Systematic Classification for Ecosystems with an Illustrated Summary of the Natural Vegetation of North America, United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, General Technical Report RM-73

 

 (5) Nomenclature:

 

for Plants:

 

Generally follows that presented by The Biota of North America Program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden (BONAP) with A Synonymized Checklist of the Vascular Flora of the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Full Index 1998.

http://www.bonap.org/

http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/b98/check98.htm

 

The International Plant Names Index (2004, 2005) 

Published on the Internet:

http://www.ipni.org [accessed 2004, 2005, 2006]

 

National Plants Database. USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

 

for Vertebrate Animals:

 

Generally follows that presented by Charles H. Lowe. 1964. The Vertebrates of Arizona with Major Section on Arizona Habitats, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona and E. Lendell Cockrum. 1960. The Recent Mammals of Arizona: Their Taxonomy and Distribution, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Biota Information System of New Mexico (BISON-M), New Mexico Game and Fish, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program

http://nmnhp.unm.edu/bisonm/bisonquery.php

 

for Invertebrate Animals:

 

Arizona Game and Fish Department. Unpublished Abstracts Compiled and Edited by the Heritage Data Management System, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, AZ.

http://www.gf.state.az.us/w_c/edits/species_concern.shtml

 

Biota Information System of New Mexico (BISON-M), New Mexico Game and Fish, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program

http://nmnhp.unm.edu/bisonm/bisonquery.php

 

(6) Growth Habits of Plants:

 

Generally coincides with that presented by the National Plants Database. USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

               

Common names identified in the USDA NRCS database have been printed in bold lettering: A few of the plants were not provided with a common name in the USDA NRCS database and additional resources were used, including:

 

Arizona Game and Fish Department. Unpublished Abstracts Compiled and Edited by the Heritage Data Management System, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, AZ. *8*

 

Sunset Western Garden Book Kathleen N. Brenzel, 2001, Sunset Publishing Corporation, Menlo Park, California. *18*

 

(7) Arid Zone Trees, A Resource for Landscape Professionals, dedicated to providing quality trees to the Landscape Industries that are appropriate to the Desert Southwest

http://www.aridzonetrees.com/index.htm

 

(8) Arizona Game and Fish Department. Unpublished Abstracts Compiled and Edited by the Heritage Data Management System, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, AZ.

http://www.gf.state.az.us/w_c/edits/species_concern.shtml

 

Amphibians: 2002. Bufo microscaphus, Arizona Toad; 2005. Bufo retiformis, Sonoran Green Toad; 2001. Eleutherodactylus augusti subsp. cactorum, Western Barking Frog; 2003. Gastrophryne olivacea, Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad; 2002. Hyla arenicolor, Canyon Treefrog; 2003. Pternohyla fodiens, Lowland Burrowing Treefrog; 2001. Rana chiricahuensis, Chiricahua Leopard Frog, and 2001. Rana yavapaiensis, Lowland Leopard Frog.

Arachnids: 2004. Albiorix anophthalmus, a cave obligate Pseudoscorpion.

Birds: 2003. Accipiter gentilis, American Goshawk; 2003. Aimophila quinquestriata, Five-striped Sparrow; 2002. Aimophila ruficeps subsp. rupicola: Yuma Rufous-crowned Sparrow; 2001. Ammodramus bairdii, Baird’s Sparrow; 2001. Ammodramus savannarum subsp. ammolequs, Arizona Grasshopper Sparrow; 2001. Anthus spragueii, Sprgaue’s Pipit; 2002. Aquila chrysaetos, Golden Eagle; 2000. Asturina nitida, Northern Grey Hawk; 2001. Athene cunicularia subsp. hypugaea, Western Burrowing Owl; 2001. Buteo regalis, Ferruginous Hawk; 2001. Buteo swainsoni, Swainson’s Hawk; 2005. Buteogallus anthracinus, Common Black-hawk; 2003. Caracara cheriway, Crested Caracara; 2002. Ceryle alcyon, Belted Kingfisher; 2001. Chloroceryle americana, Green Kingfisher; 2002. Coccyzus americanus subsp. occidentalis, Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo; 2001-08-27. Colinus virginianus subsp. ridgwayi, Masked Bobwhite; 2002. Dendrocygna autumnalis, Black-bellied Whistling-duck; 2001. Dendrocygna bicolor, Fulvous Whistling-duck; 2002. Dolichonyx oryzivorus, Bobolink; 2002. Egretta thula, Snowy Egret; 2002. Elanus leucurus, White-tailed Kite; 2003 Empidonax fulvifrons subsp. pygmaeus, Northern Buff-breasted Flycatcher; 2003. Empidonax hammondii, Hammond’s Flycatcher; 2002. Empidonax traillii subsp. extimus, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher; 1998. Falco peregrinus subsp. anatum, American Peregrine Falcon; 2001. Glaucidium brasilianum subsp. cactorum, Cactus Ferruginous Pigmy-owl; 2002. Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle; 2004. Lanius ludovicianus, Loggerhead Shrike; 2005. Otus flammeolus, Flammulated Owl; 2002. Pandion haliaetus, Osprey; 2002. Plegadis chihi, White-faced Ibis; 2002. Polioptila nigriceps, Black-capped Gnatcatcher; 2001. Rallus longirostris P. Boddaert subsp. yumanensis, Yuma Clapper Rail; 2002. Setophaga ruticilla, American Redstart; 2005. Strix occidentalis subsp. lucida, Mexican Spotted Owl; 2001. Trogon elegans, Elegant Trogon; 2003. Tyrannus melancholicus, Tropical Kingbird, and 2002. Vireo bellii subsp. arizonae, Arizona Bell’s Vireo.

Dicots: 2000. Abutilon parishii, Pima Indian Mallow; 2004. Ammoselinum giganteum, Sand Parsley; 2003. Amoreuxia gonzalezii, Saiya; 2003. Amsonia kearneyana, Kearney’s Blue Star; 2004. Arenaria aberrans, Mt. Dellenbaugh Sandwort; 1995. Aster potosinus, Lemmon’s Aster; 2004. Berberis harrisoniana, Kofa Barberry; 2000. Boerhavia megaptera, Tucson Mountain Spiderling; 2004. Bursera fagaroides, Torch Wood Copal; 2003. Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum, Chiltepin; 2005. Castela emoryi, Crucifixion Thorn; 2004. Cirsium mohavense, Mohave Thistle; 2001. Cleome multicaulis, Playa Spider Plant; 2001. Colubrina californica, California Snakewood; 2001. Coryphantha scheeri var. robustispina, Pima Pineapple Cactus; 2005. Coryphantha scheeri var. valida, Slender Needle Corycactus; 2004. Croton wigginsii, Dune Croton; 2005. Cryptantha ganderi, Gander’s Cryptantha; 2001. Dalea tentaculoides, Gentry Indigo Bush; 2005. Desmanthus covillei, Coville Bundleflower; 2004. Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. nicholii, Nichol Turk’s Head Cactus; 2005. Echinocactus polycephalus, Cotton-top Cactus; 2005. Echinocereus fasciculatus, Magenta-flower Hedgehog Cactus; 2003. Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. arizonicus, Arizona Hedgehog Cactus; 2004. Echinomastus erectocentrus var. acunensis, Acuna Cactus; 2003. Echinomastus erectocentrus var. erectocentrus, Needle-spined Pineapple Cactus; 2001. Erigeron arisolius, Arid Throne Fleabane; 2003. Eriogonum capillare, San Carlos Wild-buckwheat; 2005. Eriogonum ericifolium var. ericifolium, Heathleaf Wild-buckwheat; 2004. Euphorbia gracillima, Mexican Broomspurge; 2005. Euphorbia platysperma, Dune Spurge; 2005. Ferocactus cylindraceus var. cylindraceus. California Barrel Cactus; 2001. Graptopetalum bartramii, Bartram Stonecrop; 2000. Hackelia ursina, Chihuahuan Stickseed; 2000. Hedeoma dentata, Mock-pennyroyal; 2000. Hermannia pauciflora, Sparseleaf Hermannia; 2001. Heterotheca rutteri, Huachuca Golden Aster; 2005. Ibervillea tenuisecta, Texas Globe Berry; 2000. Ipomoea tenuiloba, Trumpet Morning-glory; 2003. Lilaeopsis schaffneriana var. recurva, Huachuca Water Umbel; 2000. Lupinus huachucanus, Huachuca Mountain Lupine; 2004. Mammillaria mainiae, Counter Clockwise Fishhook Cactus; 2004. Matelea cordifolia, Sonoran Milkweed Vine; 2006. Passiflora arizonica, Arizona Passionflower; 2003. Pectis imberbis, Beardless Chinch Weed; 2005. Peniocereus striatus, Dahlia Rooted Cereus; 2004. Penstemon superbus, Superb Beardtongue; 2005. Perityle ajoensis, Ajo Rock Daisy; 2005. Petalonyx linearis, Longleaf Sandpaper-plant; 2004. Pholisma sonorae, Sand Food; 2004. Plagiobothrys pringlei, Pringle Popcorn-flower; 2005. Rhus kearneyi, Kearney Sumac; 2005. Stenocereus thurberi, Organ Pipe Cactus; 2005. Stephanomeria schottii, Schott Wire Lettuce; 2004. Stevia lemmonii, Lemmon’s Stevia; 2004. Tragia laciniata, Sonoran Noseburn; 2004. Tumamoca macdougalii, Tumamoc Globeberry; 2005. Vauquelinia californica subsp. sonorensis, Sonoran Mountain Rosewood, and 2004. Viola umbraticola, Shade Violet.

Ferns: 1997. Cheilanthes pringlei, Pringle Lip Fern and 2003. Notholaena lemmonii, Lemmon Cloak Fern.

Fishes: 2002. Agosia chrysogaster, Longfin Dace; 2002. Catostomus clarki, Desert Sucker; 2002. Catostomus insignis, Sonora Sucker; 2001. Cyprinodon eremus, Quitobaquito Pupfish; 2001. Cyprinodon macularius, Desert Pupfish; 2002. Gila intermedia, Gila Chub; 2002. Gila robusta, Roundtail Chub; 2001. Poeciliopsis occidentalis subsp. occidentalis, Gila Topminnow, and 2001. Poeciliopsis occidentalis subsp. sonorensis, Yaqui Topminnow. 

Gastropods: 2003. Tryonia quitobaquitae, Quitobaquito Tryonia.

Insects: 2001. Agathymus aryxna, Arizona Giant Skipper; 2001. Agathymus polingi, Poling’s Giant Skipper; 2004. Anthocharis cethura, Desert Orangetip; 2001. Calephelis rawsoni subsp. arizonensis, Arizona Metalmark; 2002. Heterelmis stephani, Stephan’s Heterelmis Riffle Beetle; 2001. Limenitis archippus subsp. obsoleta, Obsolete Viceroy Butterfly, and 2001. and Neophasia terlootii, Chiricahua Pine White.

Mammals: 2002. Antrozous pallidus, Pallid Bat; 2002. Antilocapra americana subsp. mexicana, Chihuahuan Pronghorn Antelope; 2002. Antilocapra americana subsp. sonoriensis, Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope; 2004. Bassariscus astutus, Ringtail; 2003. Choeronycteris mexicana, Mexican Long-tongued Bat; 2004. Eptesicus fuscus, Big Brown Bat; 2003. Euderma maculatum, Spotted Bat; 2002. Eumops perotis subsp. californicus, Greater Western Bonneted Bat; 2003. Eumops underwoodi, Underwood’s Mastiff Bat; 2004. Herpailurus yaguarondi, Jaguarundi; 2004. Lasionycteris noctivagans, Silver-haired Bat; 2003. Lasiurus blossevillii, Western Red Bat; 2004. Lasiurus cinereus, Hoary Bat; 2004. Leopardus pardalis subsp sonoriensis, Ocelot; 2003. Leptonycteris curasoae subsp. yerbabuenae, Lesser Long-nosed Bat; 2002. Lontra canadensis subsp. sonora, Southwestern River Otter; 2001. Macrotus californicus, California Leaf-nosed Bat; 2003. Myotis auriculus, Southwestern Myotis; 2004. Myotis californicus, California Myotis; 2003. Myotis occultus, Fringed Myotis; 2003. Myotis yumanensis, Yuma Myotis; 2003. Nyctinomops femorosacca, Pocketed Free-tailed Bat; 2003. Nyctinomops macrotis, Big Free-tailed Bat; 2003. Myotis thysanodes, Fringed Myotis; 2002. Myotis velifer, Cave Myotis; 2004. Panthera onca, Jaguar; 2004. Pipistrellus hesperus, Western Pipistrelle; 2006. Puma concolor, Mountain Lion; 2005. Sciurus arizonensis, Arizona Gray Squirrel; 2003. Sigmodon ochrognathus, Yellow-nosed Cotton Rat, and 2004. Tadarida brasiliensis, Brazilian Free-tailed Bat.

Monocots: 2005. Agave x ajoensis, Ajo Agave; 2003. Agave murpheyi, Hohokam Agave; 1994. Agave parviflora subsp. parviflora, Santa Cruz Striped Agave; 2005. Agave schottii var. treleasei, Trelease Agave; 2005. Agave utahensis var. kaibabensis, Kaibab Agave; 2005. Allium bigelovii, Bigelow Onion; 1999. Allium gooddingii, Goodding Onion; 2005. Allium parishii, Parish Onion; 2004. Carex chihuahuensis, Chihuahuan Sedge; 2000. Carex ultra, Arizona Giant Sedge; 2004. Cathestecum erectum, False Grama; 2004. Hexalectris revoluta, Chisos Coral-root; 2005. Hexalectris spicata, Crested Coral Root; 2001. Lilium parryi, Lemon Lily; 2005. Listera convallarioides, Broadleaf Twayblade; 2000. Muhlenbergia xerophila, Weeping Muhly, and 2005. Schiedeella arizonica, Fallen Ladies’-tresses.

Reptiles: 2001. Aspidoscelis burti subsp. stictogrammus, Giant Spotted Whiptail; 2003. Aspidoscelis burti subsp. xanthonotus, Redback Whiptail; 2002. Chionactis occipitalis subsp. klauberi, Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake; 2003. Chionactis palarostris subsp. organica, Organ Pipe Shovel-nosed Snake; 2001. Crotalus lepidus subsp. klauberi, Banded Rock Rattlesnake; 2001. Gopherus agassizi, Desert Tortoise; 2002. Heloderma suspectum subsp. cinctum, Banded Gila Monster; 2002. Heterodon nasicus subsp. kennerlyi, Mexican Hog-nosed Snake; 2005. Kinosternon sonoriense, subsp. longifemorale, Sonoyta Mud Turtle; 2003. Lichanura trivirgata subsp. gracia, Desert Rosy Boa; 2003. Phrynosoma mcallii, Flat-tailed Horned Lizard; 2005. Sauromalus ater, Common Chuckwalla; 2001. Thamnophis eques subsp. megalops, Mexican Garter Snake; 2003. Uma rufopunctata, Yuma Desert Fringe-toed Lizard, and 2003. Xantusia arizonae, Arizona Night Lizard.

 

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