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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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Arenaria benthamiiHilly Sandwort
Artemisia campestrisField Sagewort
Artemisia campestris ssp. caudataField Sagewort
Argemone chisosensisChisos Mountain Prickly Poppy
Pink Prickly Poppy
Aristolochia coryiCory's Dutchman's-pipe
Cory's Pipevine
Aristida desmanthaCurly Threeawn
Arceuthobium douglasiiDouglas Fir Dwarf Mistletoe
Douglas-fir Dwarf Mistletoe
Artemisia dracunculusTarragon
Arenaria fendleriFendler's Sandwort
Ariocarpus fissuratusChautle Livingrock
Living Rock Cactus
Texas Living Rock
Artemisia filifoliaSand Sagebrush
Silver Sagebrush
Silvery Wormwood
Sand Sage
Argythamnia humilisLow Silverbush
Arenaria lanuginosaSpreading Sandwort
Arenaria livermorensisLivermore Sandwort
Argythamnia mercurialinaTall Silverbush
Tall Wildmercury
Argythamnia mercurialina var. mercurialinaTall Silverbush
Tall Wild Mercury
Tall Ditaxis
Argythamnia neomexicanaNew Mexico Silverbush
Argemone polyanthemosCrested Pricklypoppy
Annual Pricklepoppy
Bluestem Pricklepoppy
Bluestem Prickly Poppy
Pricklypoppy
Thistle Poppy
White Prickly Poppy
White Pricklypoppy
Arctostaphylos pungensPointleaf Manzanita
Mexican Manzanita
Aristida purpureaPurple Threeawn
Purple 3-awn
Purple Three-awn
Red Threeawn
Aristida purpurea var. nealleyiBlue Threeawn
Aralia racemosaAmerican Spikenard
Argemone sanguineaRed Pricklypoppy
Rose Prickly Poppy
Red Prickly Poppy
Argemone squarrosaHedgehog Pricklypoppy
Hedgehog Prickly Poppy
Arbutus xalapensisTexas Madrone
Madrone
Texas Arbutus
Manzanita
Xoxocote
Amazaquitl
Astragalus albulusCibola Milkvetch
Asclepias arenariaSand Milkweed
Western Sand Milkweed
Asclepias asperulaAntelope-horns
Spider Milkweed
Green-flowered Milkweed
Spider Antelope-horns
Antelope Horns
Asclepias brachystephanaBract Milkweed
Desert-rose Milkweed
Astrolepis cochisensis ssp. cochisensisCochise Scaly Cloakfern
Astragalus crassicarpusGroundplum Milkvetch
Ground Plum
Astragalus crassicarpus var. crassicarpusGroundplum Milkvetch
Astragalus emoryanusEmory's Milkvetch
Asclepias engelmannianaEngelmann's Milkweed
Astragalus giganteusGiant Milkvetch
Asclepias incarnataSwamp Milkweed
Pink Milkweed
Astrolepis integerrimaHybrid Cloakfern
Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnataSwamp Milkweed
Asclepias latifoliaBroadleaf Milkweed
Astragalus lentiginosusFreckled Milkvetch
Astragalus lotiflorusLotus Milkvetch
Lotus Milk-vetch
Low Milkvetch
Milkvetch
Asclepias macrotisLonghood Milkweed
Astragalus missouriensisMissouri Milkvetch
Astragalus mollissimusWoolly Locoweed
Purple Locoweed
Woolly Loco
Woolly Milkvetch
Wooly Loco
Wooly Locoweed
Asclepias nummulariaTufted Milkweed
Astragalus nuttallianusNuttall's Milkvetch
Small-flowered Milkvetch
Asclepias oenotheroidesZizotes Milkweed
Hierba De Zizotes
Side-cluster Milkweed
Longhorn Milkweed
Primrose Milkweed
Lindheimer's Milkweed
Asplenium resiliensBlackstem Spleenwort
Asclepias scaposaStalked Milkweed
Bear Mountain Milkweed
Asplenium septentrionaleForked Spleenwort
Grassfern
Astrolepis sinuataWavy Scaly Cloakfern
Asclepias sperryiSperry's Milkweed
Asclepias subverticillataHorsetail Milkweed
Poison Milkweed
Asclepias texanaTexas Milkweed
White Milkweed
Asplenium trichomanesMaidenhair Spleenwort
Asplenium trichomanes ssp. trichomanesMaidenhair Spleenwort
Asclepias tuberosaButterflyweed
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Milkweed
Orange Milkweed
Pleurisy Root
Chigger Flower
Chiggerweed
Asclepias viridifloraGreen Comet Milkweed
Green-flowered Milkweed
Green Milkweed
Wand Milkweed
Atriplex canescensChamiso
Four-wing Saltbush
Wing-scale
Atriplex obovataMound Saltbush
Bahia absinthifoliaHairyseed Bahia
Hairy-seed False Goldfields
Bahia
Yerba Raton
Baccharis bigeloviiBigelow's False Willow
Bahia bigeloviiBigelow's Bahia
Bahia dissectaRagleaf Bahia
Baccharis havardiiHavard's False Willow
Bauhinia lunarioidesAnacacho Orchid Tree
Anacacho Bauhinia
Orchid Tree
Texas Plume
Bacopa monnieriHerb-of-grace
Water Hyssop
Coastal Water-hyssop
Baileya multiradiataDesert Marigold
Showy Desert Marigold
Paper Daisy
Desert Baileya
Baccharis neglectaFalse Willow
Jara Dulce
Poverty Weed
Roosevelt Weed
Bahia pedataBluntscale Bahia
Bacopa rotundifoliaDisk Waterhyssop
Disc Water-hyssop
Baccharis salicinaWillow Baccharis
Great Plains False Willow
Baccharis sarothroidesDesert Broom
Desertbroom
Baccharis salicifoliaMule's Fat
Seep Willow
Baccharis texanaPrairie False Willow
Prairie Baccharis
Bebbia junceaSweetbush
Berlandiera lyrataChocolate Daisy
Chocolate Flower
Lyreleaf Greeneyes
Green-eyed Lyre Leaf
Bernardia myricifoliaMouse Ears
Mouse's Eye
Bernardia obovataDesert Myrtlecroton
Bifora americanaPrairie Bishop
Prairie Bishop's Weed
Bidens bigeloviiBigelow's Beggarticks
Bidens bipinnataSpanish Needles
Bidens bigelovii var. bigeloviiBigelow's Beggarticks
Bidens frondosaDevil's Beggartick
Spanish Needles
Bidens laevisSmooth Beggartick
Smooth Bidens
Smooth Bur Marigold
Larger Bur Marigold
Bidens leptocephalaFewflower Beggarticks
Blepharoneuron tricholepisPine Dropseed
Bothriochloa altaTall Beardgrass
Bouteloua barbataSixweeks Grama
Bothriochloa barbinodisPinhole Bluestem
Cane Bluestem
Cane Beardgrass
Feather Bluestem
Plains Beardgrass
Boerhavia coccineaScarlet Spiderling
Bouteloua curtipendulaSideoats Grama
Banderilla
Banderita
Navajita
Boehmeria cylindricaSmallspike False Nettle
Bog Hemp
Bouteloua dactyloidesBuffalograss
Buffalo Grass
Boerhavia erectaErect Spiderling
Common Spiderling
Bouteloua eriopodaBlack Grama
Borrichia frutescensBushy Seaside Tansy
Ox-eye Daisy
Sea Daisy
Sea Ox-eye
Boerhavia gracillimaSlimstalk Spiderling
Bouteloua gracilisBlue Grama
Bouteloua hirsutaHairy Grama
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