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Desert Plants

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Offline Geezer

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2015, 09:33:54 PM »
Ariocarpus fissurata, I believe. Native Americans ate that too, I understand.

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2015, 10:31:15 PM »






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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2015, 11:55:46 AM »
Not sure if this technically qualifies as a desert plant since it was near Laguna Meadows, but I still like it...

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2015, 07:46:05 PM »
Oh hell yea it does. The whole region is intertwined so I like ALL plants out there, no matter the altitude.

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2015, 09:12:10 AM »
Got stabbed getting this picture  :icon_lol:



BTW, love the pic of the blossom (Schroeder's 2nd one on this page)!
You don't travel to see different things,
You travel to see things differently.

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2015, 10:12:53 AM »
Another, with a twist.

Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2015, 09:24:42 PM »
Here's two water loving plants growing in cracked desert soil. 

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2015, 10:10:06 PM »
This guy helped shade me from the August sun...

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Offline Schroeder

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2015, 07:32:27 AM »
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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2015, 08:20:41 AM »
Good one. Cane cholla is is one of my favorites.

On a side note, I always thought my knowledge of flora was pretty good, but I see some of you are very knowledgeable. Is there a good book that describes all the major plants in the area?

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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2015, 04:41:54 PM »
I have a book called something like the cactus of big bend that's been helpful. Also, for more uncommon plants is a book called "little big bend".

I'm not sure the condition now but the little nature trail with signs at panther junction was a lot of help when I first went out there.

Cane cholla is one of my favorites as well. I like all the chollas....well not so much dog cholla. It's gotten me so many times no matter how careful I am.
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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2015, 04:44:23 PM »




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Re: Desert Plants
« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2015, 08:08:39 PM »
Consider these
 Northern Chihuahuan Desert Wildflowers by Steve West. Very good guide, has most of the plants most of the people will see
 Little Big Bend by Ray Morey. An excellent read for anyone interested in plants, very readable

Cactuses of Big Bend NP by Douglas Evans. Easy to use, good photos, and the text is easy to understand

Wildflowers of the Big Bend country by Barton Warnock. Dr Warnock explored West Texas in way that no one has since. The locals trusted him and allowed him access to their land. This book is expensive and the photography is dated, but, it's written by a West Texas legend. He also tells you where to go find some uncommon plants.

Michael Powell has written four or fives books on the flora of West Texas. I have three of them. Dr Powell was on the faculty at SRU for decades. He is the current authority  on the flora of West Texas. 

 


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