Big Bend National Park in Full Bloom (Part 2: Wildflowers and Shrubs)

Continued from Big Bend National Park in Full Bloom (Part 1: Succulents)

 

In April 2014, we camped in Big Bend National Park after some heavy spring rains.  Those April showers made everything bloom!  On impulse we picked up a field guide, Plants of the Chihuahuan Desert by Jennete Jurado, and went hunting for flowers.  In this post are the blooming wildflowers and shrubs/trees that we found (non-succulents).

 

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Behold! Every blooming flower/shrub/tree we could find!

 

Left: Threadleaf phlox Phlox mesoleuca Right: Mock vervain Glandularia bipinnatifida
Left: Threadleaf phlox
Phlox mesoleuca
Right: Mock vervain
Glandularia bipinnatifida

 

Left: Damianita Crysactinia mexicana Right: Desert evening primrose Oenothera primiveris
Left: Damianita
Crysactinia mexicana
Right: Desert evening primrose
Oenothera primiveris

 

Left: Antelope horn milkweed Asclepias asperula Right: Indian wheat
Left: Antelope horn milkweed
Asclepias asperula
Right: Indian wheat
Plantago helleri

 

Big Bend Bluebonnet Lupinus havardii
Big Bend Bluebonnet
Lupinus havardii

 

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Left: Havard penstemon
Penstemon havardii
Right: Wooly loco
Astragalus mollissimus

 

Left: Prickly poppy Argemone spp. Right: Yellow thistle
Left: Prickly poppy
Argemone spp.
Right: Yellow thistle
Cirsium horridulum

 

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Left: Canyon grape
Vitis arizonica
Right: Yellow trumpet flower
Tecoma stans

 

Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo
Fouquieria splendens

 

Left: Honey mesquite Prosopis glandulosa Right: Huisache Acacia farnesiana
Left: Honey mesquite
Prosopis glandulosa
Right: Huisache
Acacia farnesiana

 

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Left: Tree tobacco
Nicotiana glauca
Right: Retama
Parkinsonia aculeata

 

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Left: Catclaw acacia
Acacia berlandieri
Right: Feather plume
Dalea formosa

 

Creosote Larrea tridentata
Creosote
Larrea tridentata

 

Until next time…

 

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