I photographed dozens of wildflowers and identified most of them, but these nine I am stumped with finding an ID for. They are all growing in the Phoenix area in zone 9b.
A Cassia or Senna, I haven't found a species yet with the same leaves. It appears to be a bush type.
#s 3 and 7 are both Salvia of some kind. #6 is looking more like Gilia capitata than a Phacelia, to me.
#3 looks like Salvia canariensis
#5 looks like Chilopsis linearis (desert willow)
And I agree on #8, definitely Lobelia laxiflora.
I also agree that #6 doesn't look like Phacelia but I don't know what it is (could be Gilia--I'm not familiar with those)
I did a little looking for #1 and came across this image: http://wc.pima.edu/~bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/wflow_dese.htm which looks quite close. Senna covesii (Desert Senna)
I agree on #8 is Lobelia laxiflora.
#8 is SOLVED.
Re: Gilia capitata (Globe Gilia), the flowers seem very close:
and so do the leaves:
This link says it's adaptable to arid regions
I would say #6 is SOLVED.
Re: #3...Salvia canariensis
Yes it looks about right to me:
The leaves look about the same too:
I would say #3 is SOLVED.
Re: #7 being a Salvia....I'm searching through Salvia's right now.
Re: #5 being Chilopsis linearis, that was my first thought until I compared it to my other photos in the PF,
the leaves are close but the #5 flower has spots.
As for #5 being False Foxglove, The images I seen on a google search showed False Foxglove's petals as being more evenly shaped, also smaller than mine, didn't see any spots. The stems also seemed to be thinner and the overall plant smaller.
The whole plant of #5 is like a medium bush (unless it's a small tree).
Re:#1 being Senna covesii, well that was one of my first comparisons, which was sort of convenient because there was an 'actual' verified Senna covesii growing a few yards away from #1 mystery Senna. Senna covesii overall plant and the leaves don't get as big as big as #1 (where they are currently growing)
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I am searching for Eremophilas for #5
Re: #9 being Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi)
That was my first inclining until I compared the flowers to a verified H. emoryi (pictured below)
The leaves on H. emoryi are very large compared to #9.
Here are the flowers & leaves of Desert Lavender:
I think I've found #7.... Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)
Take a look at this pic from MSWN- http://www.mswn.com/images/Eremophila_x_Summer_Time_Blue-7.jpg
It kind of depends on where you take the picture, too - is this your neighborhood, an empty lot or the middle of the desert? I doubt you'd find an Emu bush - especially a hybrid - out in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, LOL!
Some of these are in my neighborhood in the middle of the city, and some are in the Desert Botanical Garden. It looks like you've nailed #5 (Growing at the Desert Botanical)
Eremophila polyclada x divaricata 'Summertime Blue'
Number #5, I would say is SOLVED.
That only leaves #1, #2, #4, & #9 to go
Thanks to everyone for helping, so far.
but then again it also looks close to E. divaricata on these links
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I'm fairly certain that #1 is Senna covesii .... I wonder if it tends to look a little different just because it's gotten more water and little more shade than usual? The flower is also incurved rather than recurved (are those both words,LOL?)
Re: #9's height is about 1-2 feet, the branches are 3-4 feet long, semi-prostrate.
Re: #1... if I could only show you in real life, the differences would be more apparent.
I photographed #1 last year when it was 2.5 feet high, it is now about 3 feet high. All the S. covesii's that are growing nearby are not over 2 feet high. The leaves of Senna covesii are more grayer and less elongated than #1.
Here's a couple of pictures of Senna covesii, the leaves, stems and overall average size are smaller.
Okay, yeah - more spreading of a habit, slightly more elongated leaves.... shoot. I would say that it has to be a close relative - the flowers - stamens, etc. are so close.... Hmmph.
Oh, I got it.
Maybe you've found a new plant???
Yes, definately a close relative, and yes, the flowers are very close on many of the Cassia's/Senna's.
I am probably way off base, but I have been trying to locate subspecies of senna that natively grow in your locale. Not knowing what plants you have already ruled out except for Senna covesii, maybe it is woolly senna, slim pod senna .- Senna hirsuta var. glaberrima (synonyms: Cassia gooddingii, Cassia leptocarpa var. glabberrima, Ditremexa glaberrima) which has very long narrow seed pods). I copied and pasted you photo of the whole plant into my graphics program and enlarged it. I did not see any seed pods so that I could compare them.
I know that Senna hirsuta has more pointed leaves than your specimen, but I am having a difficult time locating photos of Senna hirsuta var. glaberrima leaves.
By the way, did the tiny Opuntia microdasys v. albispina I sent you last June grow well for you? If not, I'll try to obtain some larger specimens.
The Senna/Cassia is growing at the Desert Botanical Gardens, so it could be native to Arizona or another region entirely. Is it possible that it's a hybrid/cultivar?
I missed the seed pods, but next time I'm there, I will check for pods.
I systematically went through all the Senna's and Cassia's listed at DesertTropicals.com, and didn't see a match.
The leaves in #1 are about 2 inches long.
The leaves in these links appear to be smaller and have pointed tips.
This link shows a bunch of different species leaves, but it could also be a Cassia instead.
The small microdasys is doing great. It turns out to be the 'albata forma' after some research.
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I am glad that the Opuntia microdasys is doing well; but, I am sorry that it turned out to not be what you wanted. I will have to tell the man who gave it to me has it misidentified.
#9 is another Salvia; Salvia parryi. I came across it while mounting incoming specimens in the herbarium here at NMSU, we have one collected by T.R. Van Devender at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Cool plant; hadn't seen it before.
On #3, my best guess would be Castilleja integra, but I don't really know Castilleja...
#9 Might be in the Lamiaceae Family. It might be Parry's sage or Parry sage (Salvia parryi) from the descriptions I have found.
Ooops! While I was searching for an image of Parry's salvia, Patrick posted before I did.
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At the link below, it is described as having light blue flowers and it ... "smells like a cat litter box ..." Oh, my! I have not been able to locate any photos. This plant is not in the PlantFiles.
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Information about this plant is scarce and I am still unable to find any image.
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edited for typos ...I must have been sleepy ...
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The O. microdasys you sent was just fine, I didn't have any of that type before, but now I do, thanks to you, I appreciate it. :)
paalexan or htop or anyone else,
Could you please quote the official description of Salvia parryi here (from a book)? I don't have S. parryi in my books. I didn't find any photos online either. Unless there's a description online somewhere?