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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
White-ball Acacia
Acaciella angustissima var. chisosianaChisos Prairie Acacia
Acaciella angustissima var. hirtaPrairie Acacia
Texas Prairie Acacia
Texas Fern Acacia
Prairie Wattle
Acer grandidentatumBigtooth Maple
Big-toothed Maple
Uvalde Bigtooth Maple
Southwestern Bigtooth Maple
Canyon Maple
Sabinal Maple
Western Sugar Maple
Achnatherum hymenoidesIndian Ricegrass
Indian Millet
Sandgrass
Acleisanthes longifloraAngel Trumpets
Angel's Trumpets
Achnatherum lobatumLobed Needlegrass
Littleawn Needlegrass
Achillea millefoliumCommon Yarrow
Western Yarrow
Yarrow
Milfoil
Acalypha monostachyaRound Copperleaf
Acourtia nanaDwarf Desertpeony
Acalypha ostryifoliaPineland Threeseed Mercury
Hop-hornbeam Copperleaf
Acalypha phleoidesShrubby Copperleaf
Three-seeded Mercury
Acourtia runcinataFeatherleaf Desertpeony
Peonia
Acleisanthes wrightiiWright's Trumpets
Acourtia wrightiiBrownfoot
Pink Perezia
Adiantum capillus-venerisSouthern Maidenhair Fern
Common Maidenhair Fern
Maidenhair Fern
Venus Hair Fern
Adolphia infestaJunco
Agave americanaAmerican Century Plant
Century Plant
Agrostis exarataSpike Bentgrass
Spiked Bent
Spike Red Top
Agave glomerulifloraChisos Agave
Chisos Mountains Century Plant
Agave gracilipesSlimfoot Century Plant
Agave havardianaHavard's Century Plant
Havard Agave
Ageratina havanensisShrubby Boneset
White Mistflower
White Shrub Mistflower
Havana Snakeroot
Agrostis hyemalisWinter Bentgrass
Agave lechuguillaLechuguilla
Tula Ixtle
Maguey Lechuguilla
Shindagger
Agastache micranthaWhite Giant Hyssop
Agastache pallidifloraMountain Giant Hyssop
Agave parryiParry's Agave
Century Plant
Parry Agave
Agave parryi ssp. neomexicanaParry's Agave
New Mexico Agave
Agave parryi ssp. parryiParry's Agave
Rough Agave
Century Plant
Mescal
Ageratina wrightiiWhite Mistflower
Wright's Snakeroot
White Boneset
White Ageratum
Allium cernuumNodding Onion
Allionia choisyiSmooth Trailing Four O'Clock
Trailing Four O'Clock
Annual Windmills
Umbrellawort
Garapatilla
Allium coryiYellow-flowered Onion
Yellowflower Onion
Allium drummondiiDrummond's Onion
Wild Garlic
Drummond Wild Onion
Allium geyeriGeyer's Onion
Aloysia gratissimaWhitebrush
Bee-brush
White-brush
Common Bee-brush
Beebrush
Privet Lippia
Allowissadula holosericeaVelvet-leaf Mallow
Chisos Mountain False Indianmallow
Allionia incarnataTrailing Windmills
Trailing Four O'Clock
Pink Windmills
Trailing Allionia
Allium kunthiiKunth's Onion
Allium macropetalumLargeflower Onion
Large-petal Onion
Desert Onion
Desert Onion Lily
Allenrolfea occidentalisIodinebush
Pickleweed
Aloysia wrightiiWright's Beebrush
Wright's Lippia
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