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Tucson Plants
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VASCULAR PLANTS OF THE TUCSON MOUNTAINS
INTRODUCTION (578 Species)
from Rondeau et al. (1996)

Intro
Trees
Shrubs
Subshrubs
Succulents
Herbs wi | sc | lo | lo-r
Grasses
Vines
Misc

Arizona sports more than 3000 plant species (Epple 1995), of which 610 (plus 23 infraspecies) were found to occur in the Tucson Mountains (Rondeau et al. 1996).  I have decided to include 578 species here, leaving out most species that had not been seen for a long time and had not been collected by Rondeau et al. (1996).  Also, I chose not to include most infraspecies.

I have grouped the plants by life form (tree, shrub, etc.); see the links above.  Within each life form, species are sorted by distribution (widespread, scattered, local), then by abundance (abundant, very common, common, uncommon, rare), and finally by scientific name.

I want to highly recommend that you read the article by Rondeau et al. (1996) because, in addition to the annotated species list, they have a superb introduction to the plants of the Tucson Mountains that is well-written and contains a lot of fascinating information.

Each species entry appears as shown below using information from Rondeau et al. (1996).  As I take pictures of each species, I will include a link to their spotlight.
 
Common Name Scientific Name Family LS D A
ironwood Olneya tesota Leguminosae p w 2vc

LS = lifespan (p = perennial; a = annual; a-b = annual or biennial; a-p = annual or perennial)
D = distribution (w = widespread; s = scattered; l = local)
A = abundance (1a = abundant; 2vc = very common; 3c = common; 4uc = uncommon; 5r = rare)


Here are how the species break out:
 
By Lifeform Widespread Species Scattered Species Local Species
9   Trees 14  widespread-abundant 1   scattered-abundant 6   local-abundant
53  Shrubs 57  widespread-very common 5   scattered-very common 12  local-very common
42  Subshrubs 81  widespread-common 65  scattered-common 60  local-common
26  Succulents 19  widespread-uncommon 51  scattered-uncommon 69  local-uncommon
22  Vines 0   widespread-rare 9   scattered-rare 129 local-rare
323 Herbs 171 TOTAL 131 TOTAL 276 TOTAL
89  Grasses
4   Parasites
10  Mosses/Ferns
578 TOTAL 70  Exotic Species



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