It is an important habitat plant for the endangered California Gnatcatcher.
Also known as Waterweed, this is a water-indicating plant commonly found in seasonal streambeds.
The oddly shaped pale yellow flowers provide generous amounts of nectar.
Desert Milkweed, Rush Milkweed, Ajamete
The flowers are pollinated by bees and attractive to hummingbirds. The seeds provide forage for birds such as Gambelâs quail.
As a member of the Torchwood family, or Burseraceae, which includes the plants that produce the famous Frankincense and Myrrh, the elephant tree also contains highly aromatic sap that has some history of use by man. It is reported that material from Bursera micophylla has been used for fuel, shampoo, medicine and paint.
Elephant Tree, Torote Colorado
This shrub-like tree has landscape value as a small patio tree or background shrub, and is attractive to hummingbirds.
Mexican Bird of Paradise
Some specimens exhibit exceedingly vibrant blue-gray leaves.
Mexican Blue Palm, Blue Hesper Palm
One of palo blanco’s many attributes is its light colored, paper-like exfoliating bark.
Some like it hot!!! Glorious flowers in the heat of summer.
Red Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana
It’s wood, used by Seri Indians, is hard and does not crack as it dries, making it easy to carve.
Red Elephant Tree, Copalquin
The Saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona and is an important plant for many mammals, birds and insects.
With its addicting scent and beautifully understated flowers, San Felipe dyssodia makes an unusual addition to any butterfly garden.
San Felipe Dyssodia, San Felipe Dogweed
Since this species usually makes no viable seed, it relies on detached segments to form new plants by rooting and growing.
Teddy Bear Cholla, Jumping Cholla
White-stemmed Milkweed possesses a stark beauty, with its pale stems reaching skyward from the varnished desert foothills.
Clusters of tiny white flowers are borne at the tip of the spine-covered stems on separate male and female plants.
In habitat the copious nectar of the blossoms draws birds and insects as well as baboons that can strip a tree of its flowers in a short time.