WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

The Biota of North America. Website of the North America Plant Atlas lists state and county ranges for North American plants. http://www.bonap.net/NAPA/


Flora of the Four Corners Region. Heil, Kenneth, et al. Missouri Botanical Garden Press (2013).


Flora Neomexicana III: An Illustrated Identification Manual. Allred W., Kelly, Robert Dewitt Ivey (2012). www.lulu.com

Flora Neomexicana IIIa: Field Keys. Allred, W. Kelly (2012).

The complete, and the condensed version without drawings, provide dichotomous keys to 3,783 plants and their families in New Mexico.


Flora of North America. www.efloras.org

Authoritative descriptions of the plants of North America. Web version provides limited coverage.


Flowering Plants of New Mexico, Fifth Edition. Ivey, Robert Dewitt. www.lulu.com. Detailed botanical drawings of more than 1,000 plants of New Mexico. Considered the “bible” for New Mexico plant identification for over three decades.


Integrated Taxonomic Information System: www.itis.gov

Authoritative list of the currently accepted scientific names and information of North American plants, animals, and microbes.


A Guide to the Plants of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert. Dodson, Carolyn. University of Texas Press (2012). Botanical, cultural, and historical descriptions.


Native Plant Society of New Mexico. http://www.npsnm.org/

The Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) is a non-profit organization that strives to educate the public about native plants by promoting knowledge of plant identification, ecology, and uses; fostering plant conservation and the preservation of natural habitats; supporting botanical research; and encouraging the appropriate use of native plants to conserve water, land, and wildlife. The website includes publications, landscape plant recommendations, newsletters, and calendars of programs and field trips for the seven chapters across New Mexico and El Paso.


New Mexico Flora. Alexander, Patrick. Website with identification photos of thousands of New Mexico plants. https://www.npsnm.org/plant-id-collection/


New Mexico Flores. Eugene Jercinovic. Website of flora of the Florida Mountains, Manzano Mountains, and selected plant genre in New Mexico. http://newmexicoflores.com/index.html


New Mexico Rare Plants. New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council. Website describes rare and endangered plants in New Mexico. http://nmrareplants.unm.edu/index.html


New Mexico Thistle Identification Guide. Sivinski, Robert. Native Plant Society of New Mexico (2017). Available online https://www.npsnm.org/plant-id-collection/


Penstemons: The Beautiful Beardtongues of New Mexico. Heflin, Jean. Jackrabbit Press (1997).


SEINet–Arizona–New Mexico Chapter. http://swbiodiversity.org/

Excellent source with botanical descriptions, photos, range maps, and digitized herbarium sheets.


Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico. Carter, Jack. Mimbres Press (2012).


Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness. Website by Dr. Dale A. Zimmerman, Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences. https://wnmu.edu/academic/nspages/gilaflora/index.html


The Wild Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico. Coleman, Ronald. Comstock Publishing Association (2002).


Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico. Littlefiled, Larry and Pearl Burns. University of New Mexico Press (2015).


Wildflowers, Ferns, & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, & Utah. Al Schneider. Website specializing in the Four Corners and se Colorado with over 1,000 species described. http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com

 

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Primary thanks goes to the members of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico and the expert botanists who graciously offer their expertise and identification skills in field trips, the NPSNM list serve, member websites and blogs, and publications. I particularly thank Jim McGrath of the Albuquerque chapter for his knowledge and mentorship on the many field trips he leads to plant hot spots across the state. I’ve greatly benefited from and deeply appreciate other botanists I’ve joined in the field who eagerly offer their assistance and expertise, notably Bob Sivinsiki, Patrick Alexander, Dave Anderson, Kelly Allred, Lisa Mandelkern, Jack Carter, Eugene Jercinovic, Carolyn Dodson, Chick Keller, Al Schneider, and many others who I consider my collective mentors.

Black Mountain, San Andres Mountains.

Tripterocalyx carneus, Petroglyph National Monument.

Cylindropunta imbricata, Pecos National Historic Park.

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