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1 Feb, 2019

FEBRUARY : winterfat : Krascheninnikovia ceratoides subsp. lanata


Scientific Name: Krascheninnikovia ceratoides subsp. lanata Common names: winterfat, winter sage, white sage, lamb's tail Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) Article by Susan Bruneni SEINet Portal Network. 2019. Photo by Max Licher (CC BY-SA 3.0). Winterfat is just what its name says it is, a rich source of nutrients for livestock and wildlife during bleak [...]

FEBRUARY : winterfat : Krascheninnikovia ceratoides subsp. lanata2019-02-11T16:47:07-07:00
1 Jan, 2019

JANUARY : globemallow : Sphaeralcea species


Scientific name: Sphaeralcea species Common name: globemallow Family:  Malvaceae -mal-VAY-see-eee. Common name: mallow Genus:  Sphaeralcea - sfeer-AL-see-uh. Common name: globemallow Species featured:  Sphaeralcea angustifolia - an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh. Common name: narrowleaf globemallow  Sphaeralcea coccinea - kok-SIN-ee-uh.  Common name: scarlet globemallow  Sphaeralcea fendleri  - FEND-ler-eye. Common name: Fendler’s globemallow  Sphaeralcea ambigua ‘Louis Hamilton’ - am-bog-yoo-uh. Common name: ‘Louis Hamilton’ [...]

JANUARY : globemallow : Sphaeralcea species2019-07-30T16:37:44-07:00
1 Dec, 2018

DECEMBER : doubleclaw : Proboscidea parviflora


Scientific name: Proboscidea parviflora Common names: doubleclaw, devil’s claw, unicorn plant Family: Pedaliaceae (Sesame family, formerly Martyniaceae) Article by Jeanne Gozigian There is nothing that I love better than a good mystery!  Curled up in my comfy recliner chair and covered with a fleece throw on a cold December day, with a Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout [...]

DECEMBER : doubleclaw : Proboscidea parviflora2018-12-11T13:38:27-07:00
1 Nov, 2018

NOVEMBER : alkali muhly : Muhlenbergia asperifolia


Scientific name: Muhlenbergia asperifolia Common name: alkali muhly Family: Poaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Muhlenbergia asperifolia (Photo by Janice Tucker) Visitors to Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve always marvel at the late summer and early fall color. This year many were displaying photos and raving about the showy pink grasses along the main path. Use of adjectives [...]

NOVEMBER : alkali muhly : Muhlenbergia asperifolia2018-10-26T12:41:10-07:00
1 Oct, 2018

OCTOBER : hens and chicks : Sempervivum species


Scientific name: Sempervivum species, Sempervivum tectorum  (sem-per-VEE-vum tek-TOR-um) Common names: hen and chicks, houseleek,  devil’s beard, Thor’s beard, thunder plant, healing blade and numerous others Family:  Crassulaceae -  stonecrop  (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) by Janice Tucker Hen and chicks at Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. Photo credit: Janice Tucker. What’s in a name? No one [...]

OCTOBER : hens and chicks : Sempervivum species2018-10-23T18:05:29-07:00
1 Sep, 2018

SEPTEMBER : Parry’s agave : Agave parryi


Scientific name: Agave parryi Common names: Parry’s agave, mescal agave Family: Asparagaceae, sub-family Agavoideae Photo by Jeanne Gozigian. Also mentioned: American century plant (Agave americana), monument plant (Frasera speciosa) Article by Jeanne Gozigian Look up in the sky!  It’s a bird, it’s a plane!  No, it’s a giant stalk of asparagus, reaching for the sky!  The [...]

SEPTEMBER : Parry’s agave : Agave parryi2018-09-12T11:12:17-07:00
1 Aug, 2018

AUGUST : Faxon yucca : Yucca faxoniana


Scientific name: Yucca faxoniana Common name: Faxon yucca Plant family: Asparagaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Photos by Patrick Alexander, Botanist, Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District Office Yucca faxoniana in flower. Photo by Patrick Alexander, Botanist, Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District Office Yucca faxoniana is one of 49 species and 24 subspecies of Yucca in [...]

AUGUST : Faxon yucca : Yucca faxoniana2018-07-31T13:32:50-07:00
1 Jul, 2018

JULY : purple prairie clover : Dalea purpurea


Scientific Name:  Dalea purpurea Prairie purple clover flower close up (Dalea purpurea). Photo by Janice Tucker Common name: purple prairie clover Plant Family:  Fabaceae (bean) Article and photos by Janice Tucker The color purple arrived on the scene when cool, calm blue merged with warm, energetic red.  Even though delighted with the results, Mother [...]

JULY : purple prairie clover : Dalea purpurea2018-06-27T15:57:45-07:00
1 Jun, 2018

JUNE : yerba mansa : Anemopsis californica


Scientific name: Anemopsis californica Synonyms: A. californica var. subglabra Close-up of bloom, stem and leaves of yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica) at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve by Janice Tucker. Common names: lizard’s tail, yerba mansa Family: Saururaceae (common name: Lizard’s tail) Article by Jeanne Gozigian During the Triassic Period, from two hundred and forty -three million [...]

JUNE : yerba mansa : Anemopsis californica2018-06-06T10:33:03-07:00
1 May, 2018

MAY : Lichens


For this month's "Plant of the Month" article, we'll be taking a closer look at a fascinating community of organisms that are living closely with plants throughout the ecosystem, however often overlooked - lichens. The following article describes how all lichens photosynthesize and like many plants, lichens depend on unique strategies to obtain the nutrients [...]

MAY : Lichens2018-04-26T12:43:34-07:00