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Northern Baja Plants A

Here you will find photos of the plants we saw on our trip between Laguna Chapala and El Rosario, May 5-8, 2010. You can also see photos of the areas we visited on this page.

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Plants are listed A-Z by family, then A-Z by species. Common names in English and Spanish are noted if available.

Families: A | C-H | L-S

Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Centaurea melitensis, Maltese Star ThistleCentaurea melitensis
Maltese star thistle,Tocalote
A non-native, invasive weed along the roadside or in other disturbed soils, extending from at least Guerrero Negro to the north
Flowers of Centaurea melitensis, Maltese Star thistleCentaurea melitensis
It may be a weed, but the flowers are pretty.



Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphocliniaChaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia
Pebble pincushion
This is a thready plant, easily overlooked against the background of a gravelly desert floor.
Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphocliniaChaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia
Pebble pincushion


Lasthenia gracilis, Goldfields
Lasthenia gracilis
Goldfields
This is probably the principal species carpeting vast areas of the desert.
Layia platyglossa var. campestris, Tidytips
Layia platyglossa var. campestris
Tidytips
This was another species adding color to the desert floor. When the flowers began to fade, the white rays curled up and turned pink. Pictured here with Goldfields and other annual wildflowers.


Layia platyglossa var. campestris, Tidytips
Layia platyglossa var. campestris
Tidytips
Layia platyglossa var. campestris, Tidytips
Layia platyglossa var. campestris
Tidytips
Malacothrix coulteri
Malacothrix coulteri
Snake's head
Unfortunately we didn't get to see the flower blooming, which looks a little like a white dandelion with a yellow center. Calflora image
Uropappus lindleyi, Silver puffs
Uropappus lindleyi
silver puffs, Uropappus,
Another one where we didn't see the flower, which also is reminiscent of a dandelion. Calflora image
Porophyllum gracile, Odoro
Porophyllum gracile
Slender porelead or Odora, Manzanilla
Miles of this small, rounded shrub lining highway
Porophyllum gracile
Porophyllum gracile
This is a beautiful plant, but it has a very pungent odor, some like it. others don't.
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Desert chicory
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Desert chicory

Families: A | C-H | L-S


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