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Acanthocereus tetragonus - Barbed Wire Cactus

Acanthocereus tetragonus - Barbed Wire Cactus

This grew to be huge, draping over trees in long, thin strands. This is a threatened species, like many cacti in the keys


Agalinis purpurea - Flase Foxglove

Agalinis purpurea - Flase Foxglove

Another member of the snapdragon family

Family Scrophulariaceae


Agave braceana - Brace's Century Plant

Agave braceana - Brace's Century Plant

These huge agaves could be seen rising above the slash palms in the pine forests of Grand Bahama. It is endemic to this island and Ambaco. The flowering stalks grow to over 30 feet and the flowers are a favorite of the Cuban Emerald. As the name implies, they only bloom after a very long time, though not usually a century...

Family Agavaceae


Agoseris apargioides (Coast Dandelion)

Agoseris apargioides (Coast Dandelion)

It's a dandelion. It lives on the coastal sand dunes. Hence: Coast Dandelion.

Family Asteraceae


Agoseris aurantiaca (Orange Agoseris)

Agoseris aurantiaca (Orange Agoseris)

Found this small Aster in a alpine meadow up on Parker's Ridge in Banff NP.


Albronia fragrans

Albronia fragrans

Another Sand Verbena, this one from New Mexico

Family Nyctaginaceae


Albronia latifolia (Yellow Sand-Verbena)

Albronia latifolia (Yellow Sand-Verbena)

These aren't related to Verbenas at all, but rather to Bougainvilleas.

Family Nyctaginaceae


Aletris lutea - Yellow Colic Root

Aletris lutea - Yellow Colic Root

Here is a specimen of this plant that is in full bloom.


Aletris lutea - Yellow Colic Root

Aletris lutea - Yellow Colic Root

This is another monocot close to the lilies. It was almost spent, so it isn't the greatest example. Found many dead ones in a dried up marsh.

Family Nartheciaceae


Alliaceae sp - Onion

Alliaceae sp - Onion

This is something within the family Alliaceae, but putting a name on it is next to impossible.


Allium falcifolium - Sickle-leaved Onion

Allium falcifolium - Sickle-leaved Onion

This odd plant grows close to the ground on dry, rocky slopes at the summit of Mount Diablo in California (and elsewhere). I've looked for this before but never found it!


Amorpha canescens - Lead Plant

Amorpha canescens - Lead Plant

Another bean member.


Amsinckia intermedia (Common Fiddleneck)

Amsinckia intermedia (Common Fiddleneck)

Unfortunately this isn't a side view of these interesting flowers. In profile the flower head curls down.

Family Boraginaceae


Anisocarpus madioides - Woodland Tarweed

Anisocarpus madioides - Woodland Tarweed

This is a member of the Aster family. We saw several of these flowers growing along side of the road in Redwood State Park.


Apocynum cannabinum - Indian Hemp

Apocynum cannabinum - Indian Hemp

This member of the dogbane family was used by natives to make a fibrous rope, hence the name Indian Hemp

Family Apocynaceae


Aquilegia candensis - American Columbine

Aquilegia candensis - American Columbine

This showy species is the only species of columbine native to Kansas


Aquilegia formosa - Crimson Columbine

Aquilegia formosa - Crimson Columbine

A better photo of this common Sierran plant


Aralia californica (Elk-Clover)

Aralia californica (Elk-Clover)

Oddly enough, this is a member of the Ginseng family.

Family Araliaceae (Ginseng)


Argemone sp. (Prickly Poppy)

Argemone sp. (Prickly Poppy)

I was amazed how delicate these blossoms were; this blossom fell off right after I photographed it.

Family Papaveraceae (Poppies)


Argusia gnaphalodes  - Sea Lavender

Argusia gnaphalodes - Sea Lavender

It is in the Boraginaceae family. The flower helical cymes and flower shape are very characteristic of this family. This plant grows as a large bush on the beaches. It can be found in Florida too, though I've never seen it.


Arisaema triphyllum - Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum - Jack-in-the-Pulpit

This neat plant is in the family Araceae. You can see the namesake flower, formed by a spathe and spadix, between the two plants.


Armeria maritima - Sea Thrift

Armeria maritima - Sea Thrift

This is a member of the Plumbaginaceae family. It was very common on the coasts at McKerricher State Beach


Asarum hartwegii - Wild Ginger

Asarum hartwegii - Wild Ginger

This is not the ginger you eat, which is an Asian plant in the family Zingiberaceae. This is in the family Aristolochiacea, and has odd, basal flowers. This is the first time I've ever come across them.


Asclepias cordifolia - Purple Milkweed

Asclepias cordifolia - Purple Milkweed

Only saw one plant of this large, attractive milkweed. The extremely long pedicels in the umbel, and opposite, wide leaves are characteristic of this species.

Family Apocynaceae


Asclepias engelmanniana - Engelmann's Milkweed

Asclepias engelmanniana - Engelmann's Milkweed

This tall, spindly milkweed was found in Cottonwood Canyons, CO. It was growing in some scrubby area.

Family Apocynaceae


Asclepias fascicularis - Mexican Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias fascicularis - Mexican Whorled Milkweed

Cali version of the Whorled Milkweed here in Kansas

Family Apocynaceae


Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed

This is a pretty common plant near water. Labidomera clivicollis, the Swamp Milkweed Beetle uses this species as its host plant.

Family Apocynaceae


Asclepias pedicellata - Savannah Milkweed

Asclepias pedicellata - Savannah Milkweed

This tiny milkweed was growing in two places at Savannah State Park. The loose head arrangement makes it easy to ID.

Family Apocynaceae


Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed

The one most often encountered, this species is the host plant for Monarchs and exudes a milky sap when cut

Family Apocynaceae


Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

This is an awesome plant for attracting butterflies, and is one of the prettiest of the milkweeds. I took this so many years ago that I have no idea where I took this.

Family Asclepiadaceae (Milkweeds)


Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

This bright bright milkweed is perfect for attracting all manner of insects, particularly Butterflies.


Asclepias vestita - Wooly Milkweed

Asclepias vestita - Wooly Milkweed

California species ID'd by Quinn Long


Asclepias viridis (Green Antelope Horns)

Asclepias viridis (Green Antelope Horns)

This is one of several species of milkweed with green flowers. Milkweeds are the primary food of Monarch Butterfly caterpillars, and are what makes them so toxic. So if you're lost in the woods, please refrain from eating anything that looks like this. It probably won't kill you, but you'll feel pretty awful.


Asimina obovata - Bigflower Pawpaw

Asimina obovata - Bigflower Pawpaw

Another species in the genus Asimina

Family Annonaceae


Asimina reticulata - Netted Pawpaw

Asimina reticulata - Netted Pawpaw

This odd plant is a relative of the Pappaw seen further North which has a very tasty fruit. The Netted Pawpaw is much smaller and I believe it is endemic to Florida.

Family Annonaceae


Asimina reticulata - Reticulated Pawpaw

Asimina reticulata - Reticulated Pawpaw

Another photo of this weird Pawpaw relative


Asimina triloba - Pawpaw

Asimina triloba - Pawpaw

This is the same genus as the other Asimina photos I've taken, but this is the only species in the US that is a tree.

Family Annonaceae


Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)

Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)

This is a very pretty purple aster with a really dense number of petals.

Family Asteraceae (Asters)


Astragalus pyncostachyus (Marsh Milkvetch)

Astragalus pyncostachyus (Marsh Milkvetch)

These are cool plants that grow along the California coast.

Family Fabaceae (Peas and Lupines)


Bajeria racemosa - Tarflower

Bajeria racemosa - Tarflower

This is a showy member of the Ericaceae family. It grows like a bush, and the flowers are about 2 inches wide. Not too common (at least I didn't see much of it)


Balduina angustifolia - Coastplain Honeycomb Head

Balduina angustifolia - Coastplain Honeycomb Head

Here's a close-up of the distinctive flower head.


Balduina angustifolia - Coastplain Honeycomb Head

Balduina angustifolia - Coastplain Honeycomb Head

When the ray petals drop, a honeycomb-like head remains for a long time, hence its name.

Family Asteraceae


Baptisia alba - White Wild Indigo

Baptisia alba - White Wild Indigo

The raceme of the White Wild Indigo, quite a pretty plant if I do say so myself.

Family Fabaceae


Baptisia australis (Blue Wild Indigo)

Baptisia australis (Blue Wild Indigo)

I was kind of surprised to find this in my collection of photos, I didn't think I had any Indigo plant photos. The flower looks exactly like a lupine, though the leaf structure is much different.


Baptisia bracteata - Cream Wild Indigo

Baptisia bracteata - Cream Wild Indigo

This is a very early-blooming species characterized by the cream colored flowers and their decumbent growth form

Family Fabaceae


Bellardia trixago

Bellardia trixago

This... this doesn't seem to have a common name.

Family Scrophulariaceae (Snapdragons)


Bidens cernua (Nodding Bur-Marigold)

Bidens cernua (Nodding Bur-Marigold)

I think I took this for the bug, as the plant itself isn't too remarkable as far as I know.

Family Asteraceae (Aster)


Bidens pilosa (Spanish Needles)

Bidens pilosa (Spanish Needles)

This is a really common plant around my Grandparents house, where I took it.


Borrichia arborescens

Borrichia arborescens

This odd genus only has two species. B. arborescens is the one that lives in the West Indies. I just came across a picture of this by accident and was finally able to ID it.


Brodiaea terrestris - Dwarf Brodiaea

Brodiaea terrestris - Dwarf Brodiaea

This is yet another lily that is found along the coast. It's chief characteristic is that it grows very low to the ground, at grass level.

Family Alliaceae


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