WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

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WILDFLOWER IDENTIFICATION THE DIGITAL WAY

Select the flower’s color, then follow the steps to find the plant’s identification with a full botanical description and photos of important features. New Mexico range maps and links to descriptions of similar species help verify identification.

New Mexico’s Enormous Biodiversity


New Mexico can boast 3,783 species of vascular plants (depending on who’s counting). As the fifth largest state in the nation, the Land of Enchantment is at the crossroads of the eight major ecoregions in North America. From the southern border with Texas and Mexico at 2,500 feet elevation, the Chihuahua Desert encompasses the southern counties and stretches along the Rio Grande rift almost to Albuquerque. In the western half of the state, the Arizona/New Mexico Mountains and Plateaus, and several isolated mountain “islands” surrounded by the desert, harbor unique species of plants.


To the north, 12,000-foot mountains reach into the alpine zone with vegetation communities from the Southern Rockies.  To the east, we encounter extensions of the Great Plains shortgrass prairies and the Llano Estacado of the High Plains, and to the west the Colorado Plateau edges into the Four Corners. From desert scrub and prairie grasslands to vast lava fields , volcanic plateaus and peaks, eroded badlands,  sculpted canyons, shrubby foothills, and uplifted mountain ridges, every corner of New Mexico hosts micro-habitats with amazing plant life.

White Rock Canyon of the Rio Grande, Los Alamos, with Dakota Vervain, Glandularia bipinnatifida

CACTI, AGAVE, YUCCA, and other THORNY PLANTS

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