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.

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Recent Submissions

  • Name Changes of Legumes Used in Southwest Landscapes

    Johnson, Matthew B.; Desert Legume Program, The University of Arizona (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05-20)
  • New Books

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05-20
  • Landscape Plants Persistence at Williams AFB

    Carter, Steven J.; Feldman, William R.; Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05-20)
  • Desert Plants - Table of Contents

    Norem, Margaret A. (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05-20)
  • Seed Coat Treatments Influence Germination of Taxodium mucronatum

    St. Hilaire, Rolston; Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, New Mexico State University (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05-20)
    The range of Taxodium mucronatum Ten. (Mexican bald cypress) is declining rapidly, yet relatively little is known about the propagation of this valuable ornamental tree. The objective of this study was to determine whether seed coat treatments could enhance the germination of Mexican bald cypress. Seeds of Mexican bald cypress were collected from Las Cruces and the Gila National Forest, New Mexico. In one experiment, seed coats were knicked or left intact, then germinated on moist filter paper or flooded with water. In another experiment, seed coats from the Las Cruces provenance were treated with sulfuric acid, knicked, left intact, or removed (excised embryos) and germinated on moist filter paper. Knicked and moist seeds had a greater mean cumulative germination percentage (13.5 %) than intact and flooded seeds (4.2 %). Final germination percentage of the Las Cruces source was similar among knicked seeds, intact seeds, and excised embryos, but intact seeds took a longer time (15 days) to reach 50% of final germination percentage than did excised embryos (10 days) and knicked seeds (8 days). Seeds treated with sulfuric did not germinate. Results indicate seed coat pretreatments are needed to release physical dormancy and promote efficient germination of Mexican bald cypress.
  • Madrean Oak Woodlands Along the Arizona/Sonora Boundary

    Bahre, Conrad J.; Minnich, Richard A.; Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis | Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05-20)
  • Desert Plants, Volume 17, Number 1 (June 2001)

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2015-05-20