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Eagle Canyon

The plantings at Eagle Canyon set the stage for the animal exhibits by providing a naturalistic backdrop, habitat simulation and a softening and blending of hardscape elements.

The plantings include a mixture of Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert species with escarpment live oaks (Quercus fusiformis) forming the nucleus of the entryway plantings.

Botanical Name Common Name Family
Agave murpheyi Hohokam Agave Asparagaceae
Agave ovatifolia Whale Tongue Agave Asparagaceae
Agave palmeri Palmer’s Agave Asparagaceae
Agave parryi Parry’s Agave Asparagaceae
Albizia sinaloensis Sinaloan Silk Tree, Palo Joso Fabaceae
Anisacanthus andersonii Anderson’s Honeysuckle, Limita Acanthaceae
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii Wright’s Desert Honeysuckle Acanthaceae
Antigonon leptopus Coral Vine, Queen’s Wreath Vine Polygonaceae
Aquilegia chrysantha Golden Columbine Ranunculaceae
Artemisia filifolia Sand Sagebrush Asteraceae
Artemisia ludoviciana Western Mugwort Asteraceae
Baccharis sarothroides Desert Broom Asteraceae
Bahiopsis parishii Goldeneye Asteraceae
Bauhinia macranthera var. grayana Cowfoot Orchid Tree Fabaceae
Berberis haematocarpa Desert Barberry Berberidaceae
Berberis trifoliolata var. trifoliolata Agarito, Algerita Berberidaceae
Bothriochloa barbinoides Cane Bluestem Poaceae
Bursera fagaroides Fragrant Elephant Tree Burseraceae
Bursera hindsiana Copal Burseraceae
Caesalpinia mexicana Mexican Bird of Paradise Fabaceae
Caesalpinia mexicana Mexican Bird of Paradise Fabaceae
Caesalpinia palmeri Piojito Fabaceae
Calliandra californica Baja Fairy Duster Fabaceae
Calliandra eriophylla Pink Fairy Duster Fabaceae
Celtis reticulata Net-leaved Hackberry Ulmaceae
Cercis canadensis var. mexicana Mexican Redbud Fabaceae
Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow Bignoniaceae
Chrysactinia mexicana Damianita Asteraceae
Cordia parvifolia Little Leaf Cordia Boraginaceae
Cylindropuntia sp. (El Rosario) Cholla Cactaceae
Dalea frutescens Black Dalea Fabaceae
Dasylirion berlandieri Blue Twister Asparagaceae
Dasylirion longissimum Mexican Grass Tree Asparagaceae
Dasylirion miquihuanesis Arborescent Sotol Asparagaceae
Dasylirion wheeleri Desert Spoon, Sotol Asparagaceae
Ebenopsis ebano Texas Ebony Fabaceae
Echinocactus sp. Barrel Cactus, Biznaga Cactaceae
Encelia farinosa Brittlebush Asteraceae
Epilobium canum California Fuchsia Onagraceae
Eysenhardtia orthocarpa Sonoran Kidneywood Fabaceae
Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume Rosaceae
Forestiera neomexicana Desert Olive Oleaceae
Fraxinus greggii Little Leaf Ash Oleaceae
Fraxinus velutina Arizona Ash Oleaceae
Gaura lindheimeri White Gaura Onagraceae
Haematoxylum brasiletto Brazil Wood, Brasil Fabaceae
Havardia mexicana (syn. Pithecellobium mexicanum) Mexican Ebony, Palo Chino Fabaceae
Havardia pallens Tenaza Fabaceae
Juglans major Arizona Walnut Juglandaceae
Juniperus sp. Juniper Cupressaceae
Justicia brandegeeana Shrimp Plant Acanthaceae
Justicia spicigera Mexican Honeysuckle Acanthaceae
Leucaena retusa Goldenball Leadtree Fabaceae
Lycium sp. Wolfberry Solanaceae
Mariosousa willardiana (syn. Acacia willardiana) Palo Blanco Fabaceae
Mimosa grahamii Graham’s Mimosa Fabaceae
Mirabilis laevis (syn. Mirabilis bigelovii) Wishbone Bush Nyctaginaceae
Muhlenbergia capillaris Regal Mist Regal Mist Pink Muhly, Gulf Muhly Poaceae
Muhlenbergia dumosa Bamboo Muhly Poaceae
Muhlenbergia emersleyi El Toro El Toro Bull Grass Poaceae
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri Autumn Glow Autumn Glow Lindheimer’s Muhly Poaceae
Muhlenbergia rigens Deer Grass Poaceae
Nolina erumpens Foothill Beargrass Asparagaceae
Nolina microcarpa Beargrass, Sacahuista Asparagaceae
Nolina nelsonii Nelson’s Beargrass, Blue Nolina Asparagaceae
Nolina sp. Beargrass Asparagaceae
Oenothera cespitosa Large Evening Primrose Onagraceae
Opuntia gosseliniana Violet Prickly Pear Cactaceae
Opuntia macrocentra Black-spined Prickly Pear Cactaceae
Opuntia phaeacantha Brown-spined Prickly Pear Cactaceae
Opuntia santa-rita Santa Rita Prickly Pear Cactaceae
Platanus racemosa California Sycamore Platanaceae
Platanus wrightii Arizona Sycamore Platanaceae
Populus brandegeei Mountain Cottonwood, Guerigo Salicaceae
Prosopis pubescens Screwbean Mesquite Fabaceae
Prosopis sp. Mesquite Fabaceae
Psorothamnus emoryii Dyeweed Fabaceae
Quercus fusiformis Escarpment Live Oak Fagaceae
Quercus gravesii Chisos Mountain Red Oak Fagaceae
Quercus muhlenbergii Chinquapin Oak Fagaceae
Quercus turbinella Desert Scrub Oak, Sonoran Scrub Oak Fagaceae
Rhus aromatica Fragrant Sumac, Basketweed Anacardiaceae
Rhus kearneyi Kearney Sumac Anacardiaceae
Rhus lanceolata Flame Leaf Sumac Anacardiaceae
Rhus microphylla Little-leaved Sumac Anacardiaceae
Rhus ovata Sugar Bush Anacardiaceae
Rhus virens Evergreen Sumac Anacardiaceae
Salvia clevelandii Fragrant Sage, Cleveland Sage Lamiaceae
Salvia greggii Autumn Sage Lamiaceae
Salvia leucantha Mexican Bush Sage Lamiaceae
Sambucus nigra var. caerulea Elderberry Adoxaceae
Senegalia greggii (syn. Acacia greggii) Cat’s Claw Acacia Fabaceae
Senna wislizenii Shrubby Senna Fabaceae
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba, Goatnut Simmondsiaceae
Sophora secundiflora Texas Mountain Laurel Fabaceae
Tabebuia sp. Amapa Bignoniaceae
Tecoma stans var. stans Yellow Bells, Esperanza Bignoniaceae
Vachellia farnesiana (syn. Acacia farnesiana) Sweet Acacia Fabaceae
Vauquelinia angustifolia Chisos Rosewood Rosaceae
Vitis sp. Wild Grape Vitaceae
Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida Devil River Sunflower Asteraceae
Yucca elata Palmilla, Soaptree Yucca Asparagaceae
Yucca harrimaniae Dwarf Yucca Asparagaceae
Yucca pallida Pale Leaf Yucca Asparagaceae
Yucca rigida Blue Yucca Asparagaceae
Yucca schottii Mountain Yucca, Hoary Yucca Asparagaceae
Ziziphus obtusifolia Gray Thorn, Gray Leaved Abrojo Rhamnaceae
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