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Books about Desert Plants

A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona: with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands

A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona:
with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands
, By Richard C. Brusca and Wendy Moore
Foreword by Bill Broyles

This watershed book takes us behind the picture-postcard views and into the landscape, where we can understand, appreciate, and enjoy the natural history of the spectacular Santa Catalina Mountains. Its vividly illustrated chapters and nine picture guides (featuring native flora and fauna) paint a rich portrait of this famous range. In clear, everyday language the authors explain just what the Sky Islands are, telling the story of when and how they came to be — their deep geologic and biotic history. They also describe ten stops along the Mt. Lemmon Highway where visitors can easily see and understand the eight major biomes found in this range. Hundreds of photos, a dozen maps and figures, and more than two dozen stand-alone profiles highlight special places, people, or elements of the Catalinas and Sky Island Region. more...


Mountain Trees of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide

Mountain Trees of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide, Frank S. Rose

A unique guide to our amazing native trees, this book features common and notable trees growing at 4,500 feet or more in the Sky Islands of southern Arizona. Unlike field guides of the past, it uses the same approach as Frank Rose's heralded Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona, providing not only a large image of each tree, but several smaller images of their components — such as bark, fruit, flowers or cones in various stages of development, as well as occasional photos of animals that find resources in those trees. more...


Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide to the Santa Catalina Mountains and Other Nearby Ranges

Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide to the Santa Catalina Mountains and Other Nearby Ranges, by Frank S. Rose

This definitive full-color field guide features images and notes on more than 370 species of southern Arizona's flowering plants growing at 4,500 feet and above. In addition to photographs of each plant as a whole (or a representative section), this guide provides individual images of a flower, fruit, and leaf of each species, allowing readers to easily distinguish between similar species. more...


Desert Gardens: A Photographic Tour of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Desert Gardens: A Photographic Tour of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Foreword by Stewart L. Udall
Edited by Richard C. Brusca, Mark A. Dimmitt, & George M. Montgomery

Join us on a photographic tour of the spectacular Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! Our focus on the unique plants, animals, and landscapes of the Sonoran Desert makes us one of the top zoological sites in the United States. more...


A Desert Illuminated: Cactus Flowers of the Sonoran Desert

A Desert Illuminated: Cactus Flowers of the Sonoran Desert, Photographs by John P. Schaefer
Essays by John Alcock, Mark A. Dimmitt, John Janovy, Jr. & David Yetman

This unique book combines stunning four-color photographs of cactus blooms of the Sonoran Desert with critical essays on cacti, their history, and their effect on the desert landscape and ourselves. A brilliant addition to any nature or photographic library, with photographs by Dr. John Schaefer, and essays by John Alcock, Mark A. Dimmitt, John Janovy, Jr. and David Yetman. more...


Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert

Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert, Kevin Dahl

Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert explores the rich diversity of native foods found in the hot, often inhospitable desert lands of southern Arizona: sweet fruit from cacti; cultivated crops such as beans, squash, corn and sunflower seeds; wild greens; chiles; mesquite pods; desert berries. more...


Gardening for Pollinators in the Desert Southwest

Gardening for Pollinators in the Desert Southwest, Mrill Ingram, watercolors by Vera Ming Wong

This publication aims to inspire everyone, from the dedicated gardener and the environmental educator to the occasional flower- sniffer, about the possibilities of bringing desert wildlife in for a visit. Includes a four-color illustration of a desert pollinator garden, and detailed information, including plant lists, on how to garden in order to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and even bats. A color illustration of a desert pollinator garden and plant lists are also included. more...


My Nana's Remedies / Los remedios de mi nana

My Nana's Remedies / Los remedios de mi nana, Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford; Illustrated by Edna San Miguel

A warm and loving grandmother prepares a variety of traditional remedies for her young granddaughter, remedies to treat everything from an upset stomach to being frightened at night. more...