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

  • DELEP Seeds Will Go to the Arctic

    Norem, Margaret; Desert Legume Program, University of Arizona (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-12)
  • The Desert Legume Program - A Brief History

    Johnson, Matthew B.; Desert Legume Program (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-12)
  • Floral Survey of Central and Northern Namibia

    Butler, Gregory J.; Liang, Irene; Sussman, Spencer; Wilson, Tom; The University of Arizona, School of Natural Resource and the Environment; The University of Arizona, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-12)
    The Boyce Thompson Arboretum, an Arizona State Park located in Superior, Arizona, selected a three member team of researchers to study unique plants found in central and northern Namibia. The results of this study will be used to select plants for cultivation in a new southern African flora exhibit at Boyce Thompson Arboretum representing the floral diversity of the Kalahari, Karoo and Namib deserts. This botanic survey was conducted during a University of Arizona study abroad class which took place May 24-July 4, 2010. As part of the survey, the related soil, ecologic, climatic, geographical, and ethnobotanic characteristics were recorded. Size, distribution, and location for each species were noted and land formations were documented. The land formations and soils of Namibia were superficially similar to those of southeastern Arizona. To contribute to Boyce Thompson Arboretum's educational public outreach objectives, we recorded the varied uses of plants based on personal observations, data found in published materials, and interviews conducted with the Himba people. Based on our results, we recommended 21 species suitable for cultivation and interpretation in the new exhibit.
  • BTA's Director Travels to South Africa

    Siegwarth, Mark; Boyce Thompson Arboretum (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-12)
  • A Debt to the Past: Long-term and Current Plant Research at Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona

    Webb, Robert H.; Turner, Raymond M.; U.S. Geological Survey (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-12)
  • Desert Plants, Volume 26, Number 2 (December 2010)

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-12