Agave cf. chrysantha (Asparagaceae), of the low Sonoran desert:

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Astragalus arnottianus (Fabaceae), an alpine vetch of the Andes:

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Azorella prolifera (Apiaceeae), a xerophytic carrot of the high and dry central Andes:

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Berberis haematocarpa (Berberidaceae), of the southwestern North American deserts:

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Biebersteinia odora (Biebersteiniaceae), an enigmatic alpine species of Central Asia:

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Caiophora coronata (Loasaceae) of the high central Andes:

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Calceolaria filicaulis (Calceolariaceae) of the high and dry central Andes:

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Calliandra eriophylla (Fabaceae) of the Sonoran Desert:

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Cercocarpus ledifolius (Rosaceae), proliferating across the southern Inyo Mountains:

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Chaetanthera spathulifolia (Asteraceae) of the high and dry central Andes:

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Cirsium scopulorum (Asteraceae) of the southern Rocky Mountains:

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Cistanthe coronata (Montiaceae), of lowlands of the Atacama desert:

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Cucurbita palmata (Cucurbitaceae), a wild melon of the lowland Mojave desert; somehow, it is able to sequester a sizeable quantity of water in the driest places of North America:

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Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Cactaceae), a largely clonal cactus of North American desert bottomlands:

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Cymopterus cinerarius (Apiaceae), a succulent plant narrowly endemic to rock slopes of eastern California and western Nevada:

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Delphinium alpestre (Ranunculaceae), an endemic alpine larkspur of the southern Rocky Mountains:

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Drosera peltata (Droseraceae), spotted in the highlands of Yunnan:

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Drosera rotundifolia (Droseraceae), a sundew species, displaying its insect-digesting glands in bogs of northwestern Russia:

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Dysphania graveolens (Amaranthaceae) rich in betalains:

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Epilobium crassum (Onagraceae), a succulent alpine endemic of New Zealand:

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Eriogonum inflatum (Polygonaceae) of the southwestern North American deserts, with its conspicuously inflated upper scape:

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Erythranthe lutea (Phrymaceae), closely tied to water sources in the high and dry central Andes:

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Espeletia sp. (Asteraceae) from the Colombian Andes:

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Ferocactus cylindraceus (Cactaceae), a charismatic barrel cactus of the southwest North American deserts:

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Habenaria sp. (Orchidaceae) found in Yunnan Province, China:

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Hechtia cf. texensis (Bromeliaceeae), member to a prickly New World aridland bromeliad genus often confused for Agave and other unrelated genera:

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Honckenya peploides (Caryophyllaceae), of cool northern shores:

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Hymenophyllum nephrophyllum (Hymenophyllaceae) of mesic forests of New Zealand:

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Hypericum laricifolium (Hypericaceae) from the Colombian Andes:

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Iris douglasiana (Iridaceae) of coastal California:

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Justicia californica (Acanthaceae) of the southwest North American deserts:

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Koenigia islandica (Polygonaceae), an enigmatic entity inhabiting the most frigid of arctic and alpine waters:

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Linnaea borealis (Caprifoliaceae) seen here in Norway, a genus Linnaeus named after himself because the plants were “lowly, insignificant, disregarded” just like himself “who resembles it” (pp. 124, The Brother Gardeners, Andrea Wulf):

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Lupinus sp. (Fabaceae), one of the giant lupines of the high Andes, this from Ecuador:

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Lygodesmia grandiflora (Asteraceae), a gorgeous cichorioid of the greater Four Corners:

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Malesherbia multiflora (Passifloraceae), of the lowland Atacama desert:

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Menonvillea cuneata (Brassicaceae), endemic to alpine rock slopes of the central Andes:

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Nassauvia lagascae (Asteraceae), an exceedingly strange composite found near the high camps of Cerro Aconcagua:

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Oenothera harringtonii (Onagraceae), narrowly endemic to southeastern Colorado:

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Opuntia sp. (Cactaceae), attaining spectacular stature in the Sonoran desert:

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Oxalis erythrorhiza (Oxalidaceae), found in the high and dry central Andes:

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Papaver kluanense (Papaveraceae), an endearing alpine poppy of the Rocky Mountains:

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Pectis angustifolia (Asteraceae), a lemon-scented annual daisy of southwest North American deserts:

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Pedicularis groenlandica (Orobanchaceae), a common lousewort of the southern Rockies:

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Pediocactus simpsonii (Cactaceae), of dry slopes and openings of the greater Rocky Mountains of U.S.A.:

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Penstemon buckleyi (Plantaginaceae), endemic to the grasslands of south-central North America:

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Phacelia brachyantha (Boraginaceae), inhabiting the high valleys near Cerro Aconcagua:

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Phoradendron californicum (Santalaceae), a hemiparasitic “mistletoe” inhabiting a Parkinsonia (Fabaceae) tree in the Sonoran desert:

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Ptelea trifoliata (Rutaceae), one of only two native citruses of cool and semiarid Colorado. Note the pellucid glands/punctations:

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Quincula lobata (Solanaceae), a monotypic member of the tomato family restricted to the high plains and deserts of southwestern North America:

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Ranunculus lyallii (Ranunculaceae) of southern New Zealand, the “monarch of all buttercups” (J.D. Hooker, 1895):

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Rhodiola rhodantha (“Queen’s Crown”) (Crassulaceae) from the Southern Rocky Mountains, the 5 separate carpels developed into follicles:

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Rhus microphylla (Anacardiaceae) from southwestern Texas:

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Rhus virens (Anacardiaceae), a charismatic sumac from the aridlands of Texas:

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Rumex cf. dentatus (Polygonaceae), a charismatic sorrel spotted in southern China:

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Senecio subdiscoideus (Asteraceae), a rayless groundsel of the high and dry Central Andes:

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Silene baccifera (Caryophyllaceae), the only species with a fleshy fruit in all of the carnation family:

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Stanleya pinnata (Brassiaceae), of drylands of the western U.S.A.:

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Tropaeolum polyphyllum (Tropaeolaceae) of the high and dry Andes:

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Ungnadia speciosa (Sapindaceae), a maple relative of Chihuahuan Desert washes with loculicidal capsules:

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Vachellia constricta (Fabaceae), an acacia of the desert southwestern United States:

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Yucca brevifolia (Asparagaceae), the “joshua tree” of the southwestern United States:

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