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Southern Texas Plains

This EPA Level III ecoregion encompasses all or part of 21 Texas counties. This ecoregion borders most of the southwestern portion of the Rio Grande River and extends into northern Mexico. In Texas, it encompasses much of the same land area as the Texas Parks & Wildlife Departmentís South Texas Plains vegetative region. This collection lists only those taxa found in the Texas portion of the Southern Texas Plains ecoregion.

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Crataegus tracyiTracy's Hawthorn
Tracy Hawthorn
Mountain Hawthorn
Crataegus turnerorumTurner's Hawthorn
Cuscuta cuspidataAngel Hair
Cusp Dodder
Dodder
Cuscuta exaltataTree Dodder
Tall Dodder
Cucurbita foetidissimaStinking Gourd
Buffalo Gourd
Missouri Gourd
Stink Gourd
Wild Gourd
Cuscuta indecoraBigseed Alfalfa Dodder
Largeseed Dodder
Pretty Dodder
Cuscuta leptanthaSlender Dodder
Cuscuta pentagonaFiveangled Dodder
Cuscuta runyoniiRunyon's Dodder
Cuscuta umbellataFlatglobe Dodder
Santa Fe Dodder
Cyperus acuminatusTapertip Flatsedge
Cyperus articulatusJointed Flatsedge
Chintul
Cynanchum barbigerumBearded Swallow-wort
Thicket Threadvine
Cyperus croceusBaldwin's Flatsedge
Cyperus elegansRoyal Flatsedge
Cyperus erythrorhizosRedroot Flatsedge
Cyperus esculentusYellow Nutsedge
Chufa Sedge
Yellow Nut-grass
Cyphomeris gypsophiloidesRed Cyphomeris
Cyperus hystricinusBristly Flatsedge
Cynanchum laeveHoneyvine
Cylindropuntia leptocaulisTasajillo
Christmas Cactus
Pencil Cactus
Christmas Cholla
Desert Christmas Cactus
Cynanchum maccartiiMaccart's Swallow-wort
Cyclanthera naudinianaHill Country Cyclanthera
Naudin's Cyclanthera
Central Texas Cyclanthera
Cyperus ochraceusPond Flatsedge
Yellow Sedge
Cyperus odoratusFragrant Flatsedge
Fragrant Sedge
Cyperus oxylepisSharp-scale Flat Sedge
Cyperus polystachyosManyspike Flatsedge
Bunchy Sedge
Cyperus pseudovegetusMarsh Flatsedge
Marsh Flat Sedge
Cynanchum racemosumTalayote
Cynanchum racemosum var. unifariumTalayote
Cyperus retroflexusOneflower Flatsedge
Cyperus retrorsusPine Barren Flatsedge
Cyperus setigerusLean Flatsedge
Cyperus squarrosusBearded Flatsedge
Cyperus strigosusStraw-colored Flatsedge
Cyperus surinamensisTropical Flatsedge
Cystopteris utahensisUtah Bladderfern
Cyperus virensGreen Flatsedge
Dalea aureaGolden Dalea
Golden Prairie Clover
Dalea bicolor var. argyreaSilver Prairie Clover
Silver Dalea
Silver Bush Dalea
Dalea emarginataWedgeleaf Prairie Clover
Dalea formosaFeatherplume
Feather Dalea
Indigobush
Dalea frutescensBlack Dalea
Black Prairie Clover
Dalea greggiiGregg Dalea
Gregg's Prairie Clover
Trailing Indigo Bush
Indigo Bush
Dalea lasiatheraPurple Dalea
Daucosma laciniataDaucosma
Meadow Parasol
Dalea multifloraRoundhead Prairie Clover
White Prairie Clover
Round Headed Dalea
Round Headed Clover
Dalea nanaDwarf Prairie Clover
Dwarf Dalea
Dalea nana var. carnescensDwarf Prairie Clover
Dalea obovataPussyfoot
Dalea phleoidesSlimspike Prairie Clover
Dalea phleoides var. microphyllaSlimspike Prairie Clover
Dalea pogonatheraBearded Prairie Clover
Bearded Dalea
Daucus pusillusAmerican Wild Carrot
Rattlesnake-weed
Wild Carrot
Dasyochloa pulchellaDesert Fluffgrass
Low Woollygrass
Low Tridens
Fluff Grass
Fluffgrass
Desert Fluff-grass
Dasylirion texanumTexas Sotol
Sotol
Dalea wrightiiWright's Prairie Clover
Datura wrightiiJimsonweed
Sacred Thorn-apple
Thorn-apple
Angel Trumpet
Sacred Datura
Western Jimson Weed
Delphinium carolinianumPrairie Larkspur
Carolina Larkspur
Blue Larkspur
Delphinium carolinianum ssp. vimineumCarolina Larkspur
Prairie Larkspur
Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescensCarolina Larkspur
Prairie Larkspur
Plains Larkspur
Desmanthus glandulosusGlandular Bundleflower
Desmanthus illinoensisIllinois Bundleflower
Bundleflower
Prairie Bundle Flower
Prickleweed
Illinois Desmanthus
Prairie Mimosa
Desmanthus obtususBluntpod Bundleflower
Desmodium paniculatumPanicledleaf Ticktrefoil
Panicled Tick Trefoil
Velcro Vine
Descurainia pinnataWestern Tansymustard
Tansy-mustard
Desmanthus reticulatusNetleaf Bundleflower
Desmodium sessilifoliumSessileleaf Ticktrefoil
Desmodium tweedyiTweedy's Ticktrefoil
Desmanthus velutinusVelvet Bundleflower
Desmanthus virgatusProstrate Bundleflower
Wild Tantan
Slender Mimosa
Dichanthelium aciculareNeedleleaf Rosette Grass
Dichanthelium acuminatumTapered Rosette Grass
Digitaria bicornisAsian Crabgrass
Dicliptera brachiataBranched Dicliptera
Branched Foldwing
Dichondra carolinensisCarolina Ponyfoot
Ponyfoot
Digitaria californicaArizona Cottontop
California Cottontop
California Crab Grass
Cottontop
Digitaria ciliarisSouthern Crabgrass
Dichanthelium dichotomumCypress Panicgrass
Digitaria insularisSourgrass
Dichanthelium nodatumSarita Rosette Grass
Dichanthelium oligosanthesHeller's Rosette Grass
Digitaria patensTexas Cottontop
Dichanthelium pedicellatumCedar Rosette Grass
Corm-based Panicgrass
Digitaria pubifloraCarolina Crabgrass
Dicliptera sexangularisSixangle Foldwing
Distichlis spicataSaltgrass
Coastal Salt Grass
Inland Salt-grass
Dichanthelium sphaerocarponRoundseed Panicgrass
Diodia teresPoorjoe
Diospyros texanaTexas Persimmon
Mexican Persimmon
Black Persimmon
Chapote
Chapote Prieto
Dodecatheon meadiaEastern Shooting Star
Shooting Star
Pride Of Ohio
Roosterheads
Prairie Pointers
Drosera brevifoliaDwarf Sundew
Spatulate-leaved Sundew
Draba cuneifoliaWedgeleaf Draba
Whitlow-grass
Draba platycarpaBroadpod Draba
Broad-pod Draba
Broadpod Whitlowgrass
Broadpod Whitlow-grass
Dyschoriste crenulataWavyleaf Snakeherb
Dyschoriste linearisSnake Herb
Polkadots
Narrowleaf Dyschoriste
Dyssodia papposaDogweed
Fetid Marigold
Ebenopsis ebanoTexas Ebony
Black-bead Ebony
Ebony Ape's-earring
Ebano
Echinodorus berteroiUpright Burrhead
Echinocereus coccineusScarlet Hedgehog Cactus
Claret Cup
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