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.

Recent Submissions

  • The Genus Bursera (Burseraceae) in Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, U.S.A.

    Johnson, Matthew B.; University of Arizona (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1992)
    Bursera is a conspicuous component of the vegetation of Sonora, Mexico. This paper delineates the species of Bursera in the states of Sonora and Arizona and provides identification and descriptions including information on their distribution, habitat, morphology, phenology, and cultivation. There are 10 species of Bursera in Sonora: B. arborea, B. fagaroides, B. grandifolia, B. hindsiana, B. lancifolia, B. laxiflora, B. microphylla, B. penicillata, B. simaruba and B. stenophylla. Two species, B. fagaroides and B. micro - phylla, extend into Arizona. The ten species in Sonora and Arizona occur in desertscrub, thornscrub, tropical deciduous forest and lower oak woodland. Plant stature, leaf size and number of species decrease from southeast to northwest across Sonora. Several species of Bursera are suitable for horticulture. Further study is required to determine the taxonomic relationships of several species.
  • New Life from Ashes II: A Tale of Burnt Brush

    Bohrer, Vorsila L.; Southwest Ethnobotanical Enterprises (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1992)
  • Desert Plants, Volume 10, Number 3 (1992)

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1992
  • Trails of the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum

    University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1992
  • Flora of the South Mountains of South-central Arizona

    Daniel, Thomas F.; Butterwick, Mary L.; California Academy of Sciences (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1992)
  • Editorial - Misconceptions Concerning Science

    Crosswhite, F. S.; Crosswhite, C. D. (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1992)