Sonoran Desert Capers

Annuals, Perennials and one Tree. Pungent aroma from crushed leaves and buds.

Clammy Weed

Polanisia dodecandra

Desert Caper Tree

Atamisquea emarginata

Photo by K. Darrow

Annual of mid summer to autumn frequently in deep sandy soils of washes. Seeds in elongate pods. Detailed Description

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A very rare tree in Arizona, found only at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Small, leathery leaves. Detailed Description

Bladderpod Spider-flower

Cleome isomeris

Jackass Clover

Wislizenia refracta

Photo by K. Darrow

A Mojave Desert shrub found in portions of the Sonoran Desert in California and far w. Arizona (Colorado Desert). Flowering in spring giving rise to inflated pods. Detailed Description

Photo © by Mike Plagens

The trifoliate leaves resemble clover until they are crushed and emit pungent scents. Long yellow filaments and stamens are exserted from four petaled flowers. Detailed Description

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