SOLVED: A few straggling unidentified plants

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

52. This is Opuntia microdasys. Question is, What is the forma name? (It's not a monstrose) Notice it has three planes or sides.

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Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

No. 2 looks like a real good stand of wild mustard (Brassica sp)

7 might be ragweed

10 is shepherd's purse

15 is Filaree

18 wild mustard

21 is Dracena

22 Lady's slipper euphorbia?

25 is Canna

27 is Knapweed

29 looks like Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)

31 Sphaeralcea sp?

41 is burro tail or is it donkey tail

50 looks like Agave parryi

That's all I can figure out right at the moment - and they may not all be right.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

07 looks like a Chenopodium sp. AKA goosefoot, pigweed (emphasis on the WEED) -- however, if you or someone *planted* it, it could be epazote, an herb used in Mexican cooking, in the same genus. Try C.watsonii
said to be ill-scented and like to grow under Palo Verde trees.

10 -- Capsella bursa-pastoris, Shepherd's Purse (a Brassicaceae, Mustard family). Considered a noxious weed in Colorado.

15 -- Erodium cicutarium, Filaree (a Geraniaceae).

18 -- another Brassicaceae weed, -- suggest Sisymbrium irio, London Rocket (name comes up is several AZ documents).

20 -- Bauhinia leaves -- Several (to many) Bauhinia species have common name 'orchid trees' but not at all related to orchids. If your plant is trailing/climbing, as the pic rather looks, Bauhinia corymbosa and B.yunnanensis (no pic) are the only ones in PlantFiles,
but I found another on the Web: B.cateriflora
but it looks like they are only now trying to establish a market for this one, from Viet Nam, so seems unlikely you have it yet. There is another vining sp. in Costa Rica, B.glabra, but I found no reference to it as anything but jungle flora.

22 I think those are seedpods not buds/blooms...

23 -- Oxalis articulata, Pink Sorrel. A troublesome invader or a lovely pretty little shamrock plant, depending on who you listen to...

25 a Canna "lily" -- did you want to know which one?? (not from me...)

26 -- Trianthema portulacastrum, horse purslane. Considered an invasive weed by Southern Weed Science Society (based in Illinois).

27 Man, that is one nasty looking weed. Looking to populate the state of AZ.

28 a Rabbitbrush; I suggest Ericameria viscidiflora (formerly Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus) over E.nauseosa (formerly C.nauseosus) by width of leaves.
(Click on "Goldenweeds and..." at top of page to find the second to compare... the "leaves" are more like thick hairs on E.nauseosa (3mm or less). Although the full-bush pic looks pretty gray (they are AKA green and gray rabbitbrush, respectively); check again in spring, see if it greens up.

29 -- Encelia farinosa, White Brittlebush... there are probably subspecies, but I think yours just looks spindly in the flower because it's not really in full bloom, just confused by this winter! (It's a spring-bloomer.)
See, your disk flowers are still all tight, they will open and fuzz up like the center one in this pic:
A bush in FULL bloom:
Sometimes the flowers stand up again as tall as the bush and sometimes they appear to have brown "eyes" -- subspecies? or just variation?
Also called Incienso because the monks used its dried sap as incense.

Anyway -- re: 28, 29 -- you're not from around here (there) are you? (That is to say, these two are very common throughout the hot dry west, and the rabbitbrush even where it freezes hard.)

Whew, 31 looks SO familiar -- ask Blooms, we just go crazy trying to identify plants "out of season" (i.e. when not blooming, sometimes even when no leaves on 'em) -- could this be a Sphaeralcea, a globe mallow? Go back in the spring for flower pics to tie down which one, I think your leaves are S.ambigua but wouldn't it be neat if you had the rosacea variety?!! pink flowers!

That's enough for one night! I don't "do" cactus anyway... but have to ask, what is the scale on #30??? Your camera is so good, you need to put in something (your thumb?) for scale!


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San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

19 Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)?

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Blenheim, New Zealand

that is not a few,.too much for me.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Scale on #30b is about 3x. macro.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

Meaning the flower is??? 1cm/half-inch?

Thanks, htop, I meant to say "That's no onion!" -- Lycoris radiata is not native, BTW, Xeno.

Your 'burro-tail' is Sedum morganiuanum.

This query is rather a screen full -- next time you might break them up into theme groups, like: Cactaceae (and euphorbs, etc), houseplants, trees, wildflowers, weeds. And put in a scale if you're switching back and forth from wide-screen to macro! Be fair to us! ;-)

Scrolling up and down to get the numbers, etc, probably discouraged more than bootandall!


Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

Also meant to say, Judy may be right about #7, ragweed (Ambrosia) instead of pigweed... note their common suffix... it could even be immature cocklebur:

NOT a keeper, whichever!

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

#30 flower is about an inch or inch+quarter across.
#15a, 4-5 inches across.

Yes, next time I want to finish up all the stragglers, I'll separate into groups. This just made more sense than 52 different threads at the time. :-). But thanks for looking, :-)
I've my homework cut out for me, I'm going to research all these good leads.

Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

Your number 6, the Trifolium species is not a clover at all, it is a Medick, a Medicago species. You can tell by the spikey looking stipules at the bases of the leaves.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

Nice, ken'!

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

lol, maybe that why I didn't find it under that name :)

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

A few updates.........

02. wild mustard? Brassica sp.
[searched, didnt find any leaves like mine in a Brassica search]

06. Out of these species of Medicago
I choose M. polymorpha (Bur clover)
another link:
Solved. Thanks Ken.

19. Lycoris radiata, Solved

34. Ball Cactus (Parodia [Notocactus] magnifica) Solved.

42. Euphorbia trigona. Solved

43. Monadenium sp.

I'll look at the others later.
Thanks, so far.

Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

I agree with you on Medicago polymorpha for # 6, which my books call Fimbriate Medick. I was going to post it, but you beat me to it lol

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

#7 Chenopodium murale, looks like the one. (Green fat hen, Net leaf goose foot)
It's growing wild along the fence, probably planted by a bird. :-)

I agree on:
#10 Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd's Purse)
#15 Erodium cicutarium (Filaree, Redstem Stork's-bill)
#18 Sisymbrium irio (London Rocket)
#21 Dracena(dracaena) marginata
#23 Oxalis articulata (Pink Sorrel)
#26 Trianthema portulacastrum (Horse purslane)
#29 Encelia farinosa (White Brittlebush)
#41 Sedum morganianum (Burro's Tail)

On #20, the person that is growing this, is Vietnamese, and has been known to bring plants/seeds over from the Orient before. (what a coincidence) but I'm not sure they brought this specific plant or seed over.
#20 searched through a bunch of species, closest looking leaves I found was B. purpurea & B. galpinii
I'll wait for flowers on this one.
Bauhinia purpurea {rather close]
Bauhinia galpinii {rather close]

#22 Slipper plant, was my first thought also, but growth habits are different than this one

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Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Whatever they, flowers/buds/seeds, etc
Here's some closeups of #24 A relatively young tree.

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Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

Ha ha, and I thought coming from VietNam and not being in the common GC market made it an impossibly long-shot! Not in this small world, I guess! Glad you can return / keep an eye on it for the flowers. I think there are several similar-flowering species, but if it's a rare one from VN -- looks quite different AND beautiful!

Be sure to post pics when it flowers!

So what is the history/provenance of # 30? It looks sorta Gesneriad/Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family) but I do NOT see any that are native to Arizona... How big is the plant/bush?

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Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

#30, It just dawned on me, I've seen that flower before, and is probably one of the 'Leucophyllum frutescens' . With the winter leaf color.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

Scrophulariaceae was my other choice! But abandoned when all I could pull up were monkeyflowers and ones that have "beaks" radiating from a spire/spike like Scutellaria or snapdragons. And, it is not native? though I guess a common ornamental in Phoenix and Tucson areas. You weren't by chance at Glendale Xeriscape Botanical Garden? They have Leucophyllum frutescens "Green Cloud" to 8'x8', rangy.
and L.laevigatum, Chihuahuan Rain Sage, 4'h x 5'w, relaxed spiky form.

Another one that seems to have flower color more like yours is L.frutescens 'Compacta' dense and round to 5'x5'.

Pretty sad looking Texas Ranger! (compare to pics!) But, it's only s'posed to bloom in hot summer monsoon season! That's why they call them "Texas Barometers". Yours is confused!


Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Nope, this L. frutescens is at a local city park., And our weather is/was weird.
I'll look closer at those different types. And probably go back in the spring/summer, I go by that park often.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

This site has even more than the Glendale Library's (maricopa-edu that is) -- in fact I think the Glendale BG borrowed the wording of their descriptions straight from here:

Actually, I love them too!

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

ok, htop, thanks for the searchin'. I did some looking in the PF also and came up with some possibilities on these Bromeliads. I'll see if I can sort them out somehow and make a decision.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

On #28
Ericameria viscidiflora leaves are to narrow.
Ericameria nauseosa leaves are too wide.
Ericameria bloomeri leaves are just right, but the flowers are different..

In a book I have, it looks alot like "Jimmyweed - Isocoma wrightii"

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