Desert Wildflowers New Mexico
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April 9, 2013 Benjamin reports: I took these pictures on 4/4/13 (afternoon) outside of Payson, NM, just off of southbound AZ87 and north of Mesa, AZ.
May 9, 2012 Jack reports: Took this picture 5/7/12 in Santa Fe, NM
Mar 7, 2012 Bruce reports: The attached photograph of poppies for Desert USA Wildflower Report was taken in the San Simon Valley, south of Highway 9, on the east towards the base of the Pelloncillo mountains. The photograph was taken on 3/16/12 and is under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial use.
Mar 7, 2012 Daniel reports: West facing slopes of the Little Floridas from our back yard If my memory is correct, this is a lot more poppies a lot earlier than 2 years ago, which means this will be a big, big year!
I can also verify the reports of the massive fields of poppies already along the west side of US54 in El Paso near Trans Mountain road. Saw them two days ago.We'll be taking a drive around the Floridas tomorrow or Sunday, so should have some more to share soon.
Mar 7, 2012 Donald reports: Echinomastus Intertextus blooming in Las Cruces, NM
Mar 6, 2012 Mike reports: Wildflowers have started blooming in Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas. On February 25th, mexican gold poppies were carpeting a few east-facing slopes of the Peloncillo Mountains just north of Steins. There were also a few patches of poppies along Highway 9 west of Columbus.
March 5th: Patches of poppies can be found around Rockhound State Park, east of Deming, NM. A few splotches are showing up on the west-facing slopes of the Little Florida Mountains near the park.
Farther south, poppies are widespread along the east side of the Florida Mountains, well south of Spring Canyon State Park along Gap Road.
Also, there's reports of poppies blooming in Northeast El Paso, TX, along the east slopes of the Franklin Mountains north of Loop 375.
Jan 23, 2012 Liz reports: The plants that he took pictures of are Tripterocalyx carneus (Nyctaginaceae), the winged sandpuff. They are easily identified to genus by their three-winged anthocarp. They are common in sandy washes, even at high elevation.
Based on geography, I believe Galloway would call this T. wootonii, but I agree with Rich Spellenberg's treatment in the Intermountain Flora that this is T. carneus var. carneus.
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