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Chihuahuan Desert

This EPA Level III ecoregion encompasses all or part of 16 counties in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. The Chihuahuan Desert extends across southern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona and northern Mexico. In Texas, this ecoregion covers roughly the same area as the Texas Parks & Wildlife Departmentís Trans-Pecos vegetative region. This collection lists only those taxa found in the Texas portion of the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion.

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Abronia angustifoliaPurple Sand Verbena
Narrow-leaf Sand-verbena
Abronia fragransFragrant Sand-verbena
Snowball Sand Verbena
Sweet Sand-verbena
Prairie Snowball
Sand Verbena
Heart's Delight
Abutilon fruticosumIndian Mallow
Texas Indian Mallow
Abutilon malacumYellow Indian Mallow
Abutilon parvulumDwarf Indian Mallow
Abutilon wrightiiWright's Indian Mallow
Acleisanthes acutifoliaNeedletip Trumpets
Acaciella angustissimaPrairie Acacia
Fern Acacia
Whiteball Acacia
Prairie Wattle
Acaciella angustissima var. chisosianaChisos Prairie Acacia
Acaciella angustissima var. hirtaPrairie Acacia
Texas Prairie Acacia
Texas Fern Acacia
Prairie Wattle
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Light requirement
 Sun - 6 or more hrs
 Part shade - 2 to 6 hrs
 Shade - 2 hrs or less

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