Desert Plants is a unique botanical journal published by The University of Arizona for Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. This journal is devoted to encouraging the appreciation of indigenous and adapted arid land plants. Desert Plants publishes a variety of manuscripts intended for amateur and professional desert plant enthusiasts. A few of the diverse topics covered include desert horticulture, landscape architecture, desert ecology, and history. First published in 1979, Desert Plants is currently published biannually with issues in June and December.

Digital access to this material is made possible by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, and the University Libraries at the University of Arizona.


Contact Desert Plants at desertplants@cals.arizona.edu.

Table of Contents

Recent Submissions

  • Cousins to the South: Amphitropical Disjunctions in Southwestern Grasses

    Allred, Kelly W.; Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981)
  • A Climatologic Summary for Punta Cirio, Sonora, Mexico

    Humphrey, Robert R.; Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981)
    Climatological data have been collected at several stations in the general vicinity of Puerto Libertád, Sonora, Mexico at various intervals from 1925 to the present. The general area is a focal point for both research and teaching activities. For this reason and because the Sonoran Desert coastal climate is distinct from that of other portions of this desert, the data from these stations are here summarized and discussed. They are presented here primarily to make them available to future students of the area.
  • Wetland Trees of Arizona for Possible Oasis Use in Arid Regions

    Rodiek, Jon; School of Renewable Resources, University of Arizona (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981)
  • Arboretum Progress

    McKittrick, Robert T.; Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981)
  • On the Cenozoic Ecology and Evolution of the Sahuaro

    Lowe, Charles H.; Steenbergh, Warren F.; Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981)
    A 3-year field experiment (1976 through 1978) was conducted at Yuma, Arizona and Logan, Utah to determine the effects of environment on growth and grain yield of Siete Cerros and Cajeme 71 wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) geotypes grown under irrigation. The growing seasons were December to June in Arizona and April to August in Utah. Siete Cerros produced taller plants and higher straw and grain yields than did Cajeme 71; however, Cajeme 71 required fewer days from planting to flowering and flowering to maturity, at each location each year. Cultivars grown in Arizona produced taller plants, more straw, and more grain than the same cultivars grown in Utah; however, both cultivars required more days from planting to flowering and fewer days from flowering to maturity in Arizona than they did in Utah. Some plant growth characteristics of both cultivars varied from year to year but the variations were not consistent enough to suggest genetic differences between cultivars, except for plant height. This foregoing research suggested that a 3-year period was not long enough to indicate genotype-environment interactions; however, it may be safe to conclude that spring wheat cultivars may quickly adapt into high yielding winter annuals in irrigated, semiarid regions like Arizona. Additional Index Words. Genotypes, Varieties, Plant Adaptation, Plant Culture.
  • Genotype-Environment Interactions in Two Cultivars of Spring Wheat

    Day, A. D.; Swingle, R. S.; Dewey, W. G.; Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona; Department of Animal Sciences, University of Arizona; Department of Plant Sciences, Utah State University (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981)
  • Desert Plants, Habitat and Agriculture in Relation to the Major Pattern of Cultural Differentiation in the O'odham People of the Sonoran Desert

    Crosswhite, Frank S.; Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum; Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981)
  • Editorial - Ethnobotany

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981
  • Desert Plants, Volume 3, Number 2 (Summer 1981)

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1981