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

  • Threats to Sky Island Communities of Southeastern Arizona

    Baynham, Patti; Boyce Thompson Arboretum (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2012-06)
  • Patterns on Desert Plants

    Newell, Alan C.; Shipman, Patrick D.; Cooke, Todd J.; Department of Mathematics, The University of Arizona; Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University; Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2012-06)
    The patterns seen in both the phyllotaxis and surface morphologies in the vicinity of the shoot apical meristems of plants are discussed. We begin with many pictures and a narrative descriptive of both the universal and anomalous features of desert and other plants. We then briefly outline explanations and open challenges. Although many of the special features of phyllotaxis have been known for over four centuries, only now are mechanistic explanations beginning to emerge.
  • Zen and the Art of Plant Communities

    Siegwarth, Mark; Boyce Thompson Arboretum (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2012-06)
  • Desert Plants, Volume 28, Number 1 (June 2012)

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2012-06