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Vizcaino Garden

The Vizcaino Desert of central Baja California is home to some of the most unique desert plant species in the world, including boojums (Fouquieria columnaris), elephant trees (Bursera microphyllaBursera hindsiana andPachycormus discolor) and the largest of all cacti – the cardon (Pachycereus pringlei).

Botanical Name Common Name Family
Agave cerulata Asparagaceae
Agave cerulata ssp. nelsonii Nelson’s Century Plant Asparagaceae
Agave cerulata ssp. subcerulata Asparagaceae
Agave sebastiana Asparagaceae
Agave shawii ssp. goldmaniana Goldman’s Agave Asparagaceae
Agave vizcainoensis Vizcaino Agave Asparagaceae
Ambrosia magdalenae Magdalena Bursage, Baja Bursage Asteraceae
Bahiopsis laciniata San Diego Sunflower Asteraceae
Bursera microphylla Elephant Tree, Torote Blanco Burseraceae
Calliandra californica Baja Fairy Duster Fabaceae
Cochemiea halei Cactaceae
Cochemiea setispina Mountain Cochemiea Cactaceae
Cylindropuntia alcahes ssp. burrageana Cholla Cactaceae
Cylindropuntia prolifera Coastal Cholla Cactaceae
Cylindropuntia sp. (San Felipe) Cholla Cactaceae
Cylindropuntia tesajo Tesajo Cactaceae
Desmanthus fruticosus Bundle Flower Fabaceae
Dodonaea viscosa Hopbush Sapindaceae
Echinocereus maritimus Coast Hedgehog Cactaceae
Echinocereus pacificus Pacific Claret Cup Cactaceae
Encelia californica California Bush Sunflower Asteraceae
Encelia farinosa Brittlebush Asteraceae
Ericameria laricifolia Turpentine Bush Asteraceae
Euphorbia xanti Shrubby Euphorbia Euphorbiaceae
Ferocactus cylindraceus California Barrel Cactus, Compass Barrel Cactaceae
Ferocactus diguetti Visnaga Cactaceae
Ferocactus gatesii Cactaceae
Ferocactus peninsulae Peninsular Barrel Cactus Cactaceae
Ferocactus tortulospinus Twisted Spine Barrel Cactus Cactaceae
Ferocactus townsendianus Townsend Barrel Cactus Cactaceae
Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo Fouquieraceae
Grusonia invicta Devil’s Cholla Cactaceae
Hyptis emoryi Desert Lavender Lamiaceae
Jatropha cinerea Lomboy Euphorbiaceae
Larrea tridentata Creosote Bush Zygophyllaceae
Olneya tesota Ironwood Fabaceae
Opuntia pycnantha Magdalena Prickly Pear Cactaceae
Pachycereus pringlei Cardon, Sahueso Cactaceae
Pachycereus schottii Senita Cactaceae
Pachycormus discolor Pink Elephant Tree Anacardiaceae
Parkinsonia flordia ssp. pennisulare Penninsular Palo Verde Fabaceae
Parkinsonia florida Blue Palo Verde Fabaceae
Pedilanthus macrocarpus Candelilla, Slipper Plant Euphorbiaceae
Penstemon spectabilis var. subinteger Showy Penstemon, Royal Penstemon Plantaginaceae
Senegalia greggii (syn. Acacia greggii) Cat’s Claw Acacia Fabaceae
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba, Goatnut Simmondsiaceae
Solanum hindsianum Baja Nightshade Solanaceae
Stenocereus eruca Creeping Devil Cactus Cactaceae
Stenocereus thurberi Organ Pipe Cactus Cactaceae
Tecoma stans var. stans Yellow Bells, Esperanza Bignoniaceae
Yucca valida Datilillo Asparagaceae
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