Plant Press Arizona
Formerly known as “The Plant Press”
The first publication of the Arizona Native Plant Society was the “Arizona Native Plant Society Newsletter.” It functioned as both a source of information on current Society events and information on plants related to plant biology, horticulture and conservation. In the spring of 1981, the newsletter’s name was changed to the “Arizona Native Plant Society Bulletin” and one issue later it was renamed again to “The Plant Press,” a name submitted by June Hirsch as part of a naming competition among Society members. “The Plant Press” continued to function as the Society’s newsletter but over time began to develop more in-depth content on native plants.
Beginning in 2005, the Society began to publish “Happenings” as a quarterly newsletter for all state chapter activities. In 2021 the name of the Society’s journal was modified to “Plant Press Arizona” in an effort to give some geographical reference to the Journal and to eliminate a duplication of the name with a newsletter published by the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Published semiannually in themed issues, the journal offers in-depth articles on a topic, such as rare plant conservation and regular features such as book reviews, committee reports, and spotlights on specific native plants.
Listed below are back issues of “Plant Press Arizona”/”The Plant Press” including the newsletter and Bulletin issues that pre-date the formal name changes, starting from the most recent to the oldest issue at the bottom. . Click on the volume number to download a copy. All of the journal’s authors are outstanding botanists and other scientists who have made many contribution to our understanding of the Arizona Flora. We are pleased to make copies of the journal available again.
The Plant Press Winter 2020/21
Vol 43 Number 2
The Plant Press
Vol 43 Number 2
Vol 43 No 1
A wide range of topics are covered in this issue based on presentations at the Botany 2019 Conference. The lead article describes vegetation changes observed in the Finger Rock Canyon Drainage of the Santa Catalina Mountains since 1984. Other topics range from a description of stone grids and the archaeology of Agave cultivation in the Safford Valley, AZ, to the results of conservation restoration projects in the Sky Islands and Sonoran Desert. Also included are presentations on the biology and distribution of the orchid genus Hexalectris in Arizona and the Giant Reed in Arizona and Sonora.
Vol 42 No 1
An appreciation of Arizona’s “Big Trees” is highlighted in this issue. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management’s Magnificent Trees program is described and instructions are provided for those wishing to help identify Arizona’s largest trees. Chronicling place-based plant diversity is described in a case study of the plant life of the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, Pima County, Arizona.
Vol 41 No 2
Preliminary results of floristic surveys of the many Sky Islands of the Madrean Archipelego are presented here. Most focus on surveys done in Mexico with a couple of arizona floras too. Plus a review of this year’s renewed summer AZNPS outing to the Chiricahua Mountians of SE Arizona.
Vol 41 No 1
Focus on the native gardener. Grow Native! Explores the many benefits,
both real and intangible, that can be realized by using native plants for gardening, landscaping, and restoration projects.
Vol 40 No 2
The Mogollon Highlands plus 170 years of natural history in Cuenca Los Ojos, Sonora Mexico.
Vol 40 No 1
The Flora of the Tortlita Mountains, plus Another Milestone for the Sky Islands.
Vol 39 No 2
Orchids of Arizona and New Mexico.
Vol 39 No 1
Flora and Ethnobotany of the Guaymas Region of Sonora, Mexico.
The Evolution of Desert Mistletoe Host Races. A Muddle of Mallows. The AZNPS-Led Waterman Restoration Project. Pima County’s Native Plant Nursery.
Vol 38 No 2
Arizona Ethnobotany. Including discussions of why ancient crops matter, ethnobotanical teaching programs, ethnobotany in the Sky Islands, and the cultivation of Opuntias in Northern Arizona.
Vol 38 No 1
The history of past military involvement in Western plant and animal exploration and summaries of the natural resources conservation and research programs currently in place on the seven major Arizona military installations.
Vol 37 No 1
Herbaria of Arizona. It includes a review of a new smart phone app, 2800 Arizona Wildflowers.The Native Plant Spotlight this issue is the California Fan Palm(Washingtonia filifera).
Vol 37 No 2
Feature article is: Arizona Native Food Plants for a Dry Future. It also features articles such as: Oaks, Cycads, Orchids, and Conservation in the Sierra Huérfana; Special Soils and their Role in Plant Evolution, Distribution, and Regional Diversity
Vol 36 No 1
Focus on the Madrean Archipelago Conference held in 2012. It includes abstracts of botanical papers presented at the conference. The Native Plant Spotlight is the Paintbrush (Castilleja lanata).
Vol 36 No 2
Highlighting Habitat and Rare Plant Conservation in southwestern North America. It includes an article about Graptopetalum (Crassulaceae) in AZ. The Native Plant Spotlight this issue is on Pringle’s Pleatleaf (Nemastylis tenuis var. pringlei).
Vol 36 No 1
The Plant Atlas Project of Arizona. It includes articles about the flora of different regions of the state. The Native Plant Spotlight this issue is on the Lemon Lily.
Vol 35 No 1
Highlights the plant and animal interactions with desert insects with desert plants. It includes articles about columnar cacti-bat connections as well as pollination studies on Sentry Milk-vetch.
Vol 34 No 2
The riparian and wetland ecology found in Arizona. It includes articles about the many springs in Arizona and the Springs Stewards Program to assess the health of the springs in the Colorado Plateau.
Vol 34 No 1
The Hidden Botanical Treasures of Arizona. It includes articles about Ruby near the southern border, Granite Mountain Wilderness out of Prescott and Hart Prairie Preserve north of Flagstaff.
Vol 30 No 7
The Value and Future of Floristics. It includes articles on the flora of the Baboquivaris and Ironwood Forest National Monument, the Valley of Tehuacan, Mexico’s Cactus Heaven and Arizona’s Plants in California.
Vol 30 No 6
Focus on Restoration of Arizona’s Wildlands, including articles about restoring riparian habitats in southern, western and northern Arizona and in ponderosa pine forests.
Vol 30 No 5
This edition’s feature is: Biodiversity: Resiliency in Our Native Ecosystems. Also in this issue is Revisiting the Tumamoc Globeberry, and Sunset Crater Beardtongue
Vol 30 No 5
A Sense of Place; A Native Plant Garden in a Neighborhood of Exotic Plants. Supporting articles in clude: Native Plants in Northern Arizona Neighborhoods, and Native Wildflowers are Weeds?
Vol 30 No 4
This edition features: Ethnobotany and Inherited Landscapes-Tribute to Ferrell Secakuku. In addition: In the Eye of the Desert, Land Management Practices and Peniocereus striatus, Succulents and Bighorn of Isla Tiburon
Vol 30 No 3
The Pima Pineapple Cactus: A Unique Cactus Hiding in Plain Sight. Also in this issue: Plant and Pollinator Diversity in Northern Arizona, Pollinators and Plants in Peril: Can we prevent a pollinator crisis in North America?
Vol 30 No 2
Rare Plants! Peirson’s Milkvetch: A species at the interface of biology, politics,and litigation. Plus: Verde Valley : A“hotspot”for rare pre-Columbian agave cultivars, and Triteliopsis palmeri: Blue Sand Lily, an Elusive Plant of the Sand Dunes.
Vol 3 No 1
Invasive Species! Bufflegrass, Sahara Mustard, Bull Thistle. Also: Long-term Vegetation Trends as Influenced by Climate & Management
Vol 29 No 1
Plant Conservation- N. Morin; AZ Biodiversity Conservation Assessment – B. Nowicki; Climate Change and its Implications for Plants, Water and People – J. Herring; Desert Yards and Desert Insects – J. Alcock;
Vol 28 No 1
Long-Term Drought & AZ Flora – N. Morin; “Son of CAP” Threatens Gila River – J. Fonseca; Mazatzal Wilderness – C. Trask; Crossosoma – T. Burgess; Fire in the Desert – J. Titus; Velvet Mesquite – M. Johnson; Washingtonia filfera Native Palms of AZ – R. Harris; Native Plant Laws – J. Titus and E. Stanford;
Vol 27 No 2
Fires in Arizona’s Grasslands – J. Titus; Two Rare Plants and the Warm Season Flora of a Unique Habitat in Pima County, Arizona – R.B.Duncan; The Tumamoc Globeberry – J. Fonseca; Late Spring Sightings – C. Trask;
Vol 27 No 1
Nomenclature Changes-Orchidaceae of AZ/NM – R Coleman; E Mearns- B. Tellman; SC River Habitat Project-A. Philips;Drought Sightings – C. Trask; Conservation in the Grand Canyon Region – L. Stevens/B. Perla; Fire in Lower Elev. Woodlands- J. Titus;
Vol 26 No 3
ANPS at 25 -R. Gass; NAZ Pine Forest Restoration – J. Springer; UA Arboretum – P. Waterfall; Casner RNA Plant List – M.Licher; 2002 Supplement – Flora of Gran Desierto & Rio Colorado -R. S. Felger, Fires in AZ Forests – J. Titus; The ASU Herbarium – S. Doane; AZ Botanists: C Wright – B. Tellman
Vol 26 No 2
The Wolfberry – G. Bachman; Sonoran Trees for Landscape Use – R.S.Felger, M.B. Johnson, M.F.Wilson; Ocotillo Fencing Part 1: – K.L. Enyedy;
Vol 26 No 1
Wit of Carolus Linnaeus – D. Austin; Rosewoods in the Desert – M.F. Irish; The UA Herbarium – P. Jenkins; Plant List-Winter-Gila Bend – M Martin
Vol 25 No 3
Plants Lists:Tools for Restoration -B. Kendall; Botanist -Jack Kaiser; DBG Herbarium- W. Hodgson; Hydrilla Invasion – E. Northam; Native Plant Laws in AZ- B. Tellman; Two Native Justicias – M.F.Irish; Desert Hackberries – J. Kreamer;
Vol 25 No 2
Ragged Top and Ironwood NM – J. Wiens; AZ Naturalists VII: H S Gentry;: ASDM Herbarium- J.F. Wiens; On the Trail of Palo Christi – G. Frerich; Vascular Plants of Ragged Top 1987-2000 – J.F. Wiens; Vines – M.Y. Irish
Vol 25 No 1
SD Conservation Plan- B. Tellman; DeaverHerbarium – T. Ayers; Rare Plants- Huachuca Mts – M. Tandy; Native Plant Nursery – G. Bachman; Invasive
Species:-J. Kreamer; Plant Propagation Trials of the SW Plateau – S. Holiday; AZ Botanists: A. Gray – B.Tellman
Vol 24 No 3
Variability in an Area Flora -D. Bertelsen;AZ Botanists : C. C. Parry- B. Tellman; Floras of AZ NM . Pipe Springs NM-S.McLaughlin; Exotic Species, N AZ – R. Scott/ T.Ayers; Cyn Grape- Vitis arizonica- J. Kreamer; Barberries – M.F. Irish; Thoughts about Genotypes – H. Romppanen
Vol 24 No 2
African sumac; Arizona Cliffrose – J. Machinski; AZ Botanists : H. L. Shantz – B. Tellman; Floras of AZ National Historic Sites: V. Hubbell Trading Post NHS – S. McLaughlin; Landscape Tips: Abutilon thurberi – M.F. Irish;
Vol 24 No 1
Lady Bird Wildflower Center ; AZ Botanists : W.H. Emory – B. Tellman; Tips for AZ Trees – J. Kreamer; Floras of Arizona National Park. Petrified Forest NP – S. McLaughlin;
Vol 23 No 3
Ironwood Alliance – J. Kreamer; Rare Plant: Adenophyllum wrightii – J. Shortman; AZ Botanists: C.G. Pringle; Exotic Species -Salvina molesta.B. Tellman; Marrubium vilgare at Fort Bowie NHS – B. Reese; Floras of AZ NHS-Casa Grande Ruins NM- S. McLaughlin; Ethnobotany :Arizona black walnut
Vol 23 No 2
Non-Timber Harvest of “Vara Blanca” in S Sonora, Mexico – C. Lyndquist; AZ Botanists: J.G. Lemmon & Wife – B. Tellman; Plant Rarity in AZ – J. Anderson; Unique Flora: Pedicactus sileri – S. Rutman; Mason Audubon Ctr Plants -J.K. Ethnobotany :Mullein – J. Kreamer;
Vol 23 No 1
The Mason Institute – J. Kreamer; Jatrophas – J. Shortman; AZ Botanists : Josiah Gregg – B. Tellman; Floras of AZ Historic Sites . Montezuma Castle NM (cont.) – S. McLaughlin; Patten Herbal Collection, Ethnobotany : Elderberry – J. Kreamer;
Vol 22 No 3
Signal Pk Gardens – S. Weik; Member Survey – M. Tiede/ B. Skye; Unique Flora . Sapium biloculare; Plants of AZ Historic Sites . Montezuma Castle NM – S. McLaughlin; Exotic Weed Watch – J. Floyd,AZ Botanists. E. Palmer ;
Vol 22 No 2
Our Unique Flora: I. Canotia holacantha – S. Rutman; Plants of Arizona Historic Sites I. Wupatki NM- S. McLaughlin
Vol 22 No 1
The Role of Native Plants in Management of Highway Vegetation – C.R. Taylor;
Vol 21 No 2
Preserving Tradition (and Plants) in the Tohono O’odham Nation – J, Francisco; Gardening with Native Four O’Clocks-Mirablis spp. – B. Wilson
Vol 21 No 1
Red Rock State Park:Vascular Plant List – N.B. Herkenham ; Continental Ranch Revegation Project – J. Fonseca
Vol 20 No 3
Challenge of Bio-Pollution-R. Westbrooks and R Eplee; Gardening with Agaves-G. Starr; Pantano Jungle Revegetation-J Fonseca
Vol 20 No 2
Tonto Basin Agave: A living relic of pre-Columbian Cultures? – B. Backhaus; Penstemon’s Hummingbird’s Delight – G. Starr;
Vol 20 No 1
The Vegetation of the Pan Quemado, Plant List- J.F. Wiens;
Vol 19 No 2
Plants for the Shade; Plants of Hospital Flat, Treasure Park and Big Creek – Pinaleno Mtns – S. McLaughlin and N. Stallcup;
Vol 19 No 1
Mychorrhizal Assns in SW North American- J. Stutz; Is Mesquite Native to Southeast Arizona – J. Fonseca;
Vol 18 No 3
Exotic Plants – Environmental Weeds? – D. James; DELEP-Studying the World’s Legumes – M. Johnson; Plant Checklist Picketpost RNA, Superior AZ – D.L. Magney et. al;
Vol 18 No 2
Common Ferns of S. Arizona – J. Kaiser; Riparian Protection Meeting
Vol 18 No 1
McDowell Sonoran Land Trust-D.Brennan, Collecting Trip to NW Mexico – G. Starr, Impact of Forest Roads-J.Fonseca
Vol 17 No 4
Arizona Native Plant Law – W. McGinnis; Our Unique Flora:Verde Valley Limestone Plants – S. Rutman; Common Flora of Finger Rock Cyn/Mount Kimball – D Bertelsen
Vol 17 No 3
Scientific Achievements of the Desert Laboratory, Tumamoc Hill, Tucson Arizona: Part II – J. Bowers; Native Plants and Space – W. Sherbrooke
Vol 17 No 1/2
Achievements of the Desert Laboratory, Tucson Arizona: Part I – J. Bowers; Sand Dunes of the Sonoran Desert – S. McLaughlin and J. Bowers; The Champion Trees of Arizona – R. Zahner;
Vol 16 No 3
Arizona Honeysuckle – M. Johnson; What is a Native Plant – B. Tellman; Arizona Rare Plant Program – S. Rutman
Vol 16 No 2
The Ironwood Task Force – B. Backhaus; Desert Smoke Tree: M. Johnson; Carex specuicola – S. Rutman;
Vol 16 No 1
Jojoba: A Dry Farming Experience; The Native Landscaper:Alkali Pink – B. Wilson; In Memorium: Vernon Kleuver.
Vol 15 No 3/4
Blue Yucca – M. Johnson; Flora of Garden Canyon, Huachuca Mountains – N. Stallcup; Arizona Leather Flower – J. Machinsky;
Vol 15 No 2
Silverbell Mtn Flora – J. Wiens; The Lost Landscape – Sonoran Saltbush Desertscrub – L. Jackson; Sonoran Tree Catclaw – M. Johnson
Vol 15 No 1
AZ Natural Heritage Prog -L.Brewer; White-margin Beard tongue – C. Button; List-Tent Rocks- A. Green/ J. Searle; Chih. Whitethorn- M. Johnson
Vol 14 No 2
C. Hart Merriam: AZ Biologist – B. Phillips; The Sacred Apple – M. Plagens; AZ willow – S. Rutman; Gary Nabham Receive Two Prestigious Awards
Vol 14 No 1
Our Unique Arizona Flora: Acuna Cactus – S. Rutman; Provisional List for White Canyon, Pinal County
Vol 13 No 3
Succulent Hill, Baja California – G. Joseph; Field Notes on a Springtime Trip to the ASDM – P. Boles; Lemon Lily – S. Rutman;
Vol 13 No 2
Native Shrubby Comps – M. Johnson; Native Legumes for Landscape Use – M. Johnson; Plants for an Allergen Free Yard – K. Breunig
Vol 13 No 1
Use of Regional Native Flora for Desert Landscaping – K. Reichardt; Grasses in Santa Catalina State Park – H. Miller
Vol 12 No 3
Desert Legumes – H. Miller; Desert Seasons – T. Burgess; Palo Verde Removal – K. Dahl; Sentry Milk Vetch – S. Rutman
Vol 12 No 2
Botanical Illegal Aliens – H. Miller; Pilostyles, Strange Desert Parasite- R. Felger;
Vol 12 No 1
After K&P What? – H . Miller; Hopi Lima Beans – K. Dahl;Tamarisk Control – S. Johnson;
Vol 11 No 2
Transplanting Large Trees – M. Dimmitt; Agave Vilmoriniana – T. Clark;
Vol 11 No 1
Creating a Desert Corner – M.; Johnson; What is that Grass – H. Miller
Vol 10 No 1
Go Chihuahuan – K. Newland
Vol 9 No 4
Amaranth Family – The Book of Wildflowers; Forcing Saucers of Tiny Bulbs
Vol 9 No 3
AZ Native Plant Law May be Strengthened- M. Butterwick
Vol 9 No 2
Boyce Forman’s Annual Gardening Guide Part II
Vol 9 No 1
The Endangered Plant Program in Arizona – A Summary – M. Butterwick
Vol 8 No 4
Transition Zone Hort. Inst.- J. Milne, Research Increase on nitrogen fixation – M. Gallagher
Vol 8 No 3
20 Columnar Cacti for Landscape Use in Central and Southern Arizona – K. Newland
Vol 8 No 2
Rare Plant Update, Wilderness Bill Passed
Vol 8 No 1
DBG and AZ Botanical Garden Asso. – Their Commitment to Rare Endangered Plant Program – W. Hodgson
Vol 7 No 2
Fish and Wildlife Services to list three plants, AZ Wilderness Bill
Vol 7 No 1
Groundcovers for Desert Landscapes – G. Starr; Desert Plant Strategies – M. Kurzius
Vol 6 No 1/2
Desert Landscaping – G. Starr; Fern Talk – G. Yatskievych
Vol 5 No 3
Irrigating the Desert Landscape – G. Joseph; C. Hart Merriam Life Zone Concept – FW Reichenbacher, Jr.
Vol 5 No 2
AZ Endemic Plants- T. VanDevender; Native Plants- Birds-M. Pierce; Trees-Landscaping – G. Starr; Ferns- Yatskievych
Vol 5 No 1
Special Plants of AZ-T. VanDevender; Special Plant Communities of AZ – Arizona Dunescrub- FW Reichenbacher, Jr.
Vol 4 No 4
Special Plant Comm. in AZ-Granite Mts- FW Reichenbacher, Jr.; Special Plants of Arizona – Tom VanDevender
Vol 4 No 3
Chiricahua Workshop, Meeting Notes
Vol 4 No 2
Alpine tundra of AZ- FW Reichenbacher, Jr.; Special plants of AZ- Tom VanDevender
Vol 4 No 1
Relict plants of AZ – J. Bowers; Special plants of AZ-T. VanDevender; Plant Comm. of AZ-F.W. Reichenbacher, Jr.
Vol 3 No 3/4
Plants that Poison
Vol 3 No 2
Nature Loves Yellow, Ramsey Cyn-Lillium parryii
Vol 3 No 1
December 1980 Freeze effect
Vol 2 No 2
Leaf terminology used in plant identification