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Sonoran Desert Snapdragons & Figworts

Mostly perenial and annual herbs; few shrubs and vines. Mostly with showy, two-lipped flowers. Fruit a capsule with many seeds.

Snapdragon Bush

Keckiella antirrhinoides

Snapdragon Vine

Maurandella antirrhiniflora

Watercolor Illustration © by Mike Plagens

A woody shrub with yellow snapdragon blooms. Locally common on rocky slopes in the upper elevations of the Sonoran Desert. Leaves have a curious swelling on petiole at stem attachment. Fruit a dry capsule that splits open to release many seeds. Detailed Description

Photograph © by Mike Plagens

A climbing or pendulent vine with bright pink to purplish-blue bilaterally symmetrical flowers. Leaves sharply arrow shaped. Found in canyons with partial shade. Detailed Description

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Water Speedwell

Veronica anagallis-aquatica

Violet Snapdragon

Sairocarpus nuttallianus

Veronica anagallis-aquatica © by Mike Plagens

Herbaceous perennial of wet, sandy soil along intermitent streams. Pale blue-violet flowers blooming spring and summer. Opposite leaves. Detailed Description

Sairocarpus nuttallianus © by Mike Plagens

Herbaceous spring annual of riparian zones. Growing among other plants and sometimes hard to see. Violet two-lipped flowers. Detailed Description

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