Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Mohavea breviflora, Golden Desert-snapdragon

Golden Desert-snapdragon has small but showy flowers originating from leafy axils. These plants are early spring bloomers, from March to April in Arizona and California. Mohavea brevifloraGolden Desert-snapdragon is a relatively rare desert snapdragon preferring dry sandy and gravelly areas. It is a small plant that grows up to 6 or 7 inches. Mohavea brevifloraGolden Desert-snapdragon has small showy yellow flowers and green leaves. Plants are covered with a fine pubescence. Mohavea brevifloraGolden Desert-snapdragon is a native annual that prefers the Mojave Desert habitats. The plant in the photos was taken at Death Valley National Park February 29. Mohavea breviflora

Scientific Name: Mohavea breviflora
Common Name: Golden Desert-snapdragon
Also Called: Golden Desert Snapdragon
Family: Scrophulariaceae, Figwort or Snapdragon Family - Moving to Plantaginaceae
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 7 inches or so.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; plants are short; multiple, erect stems; covered with a fine pubescence.
Leaves: Green; alternate, leaves with fine pubescence; leaves with petioles; narrowly or broadly lanceolate; margins entire.
Flower Color: Yellow, bright yellow, marked with few reddish-brown spots on swollen base; flowers small, about ½ inch; inflorescence flowers in leafy racemes, flowers on short pedicels; corolla dark yellow; lower lip deeply cleft.
Flowering Season: March to April in Arizona and California.
Elevation: Below 2,000 feet; 300 to 4,500 feet in California.

Habitat Preferences: Mojave desert preferences; dry sandy, stony gravelly desert slopes, washes.

Recorded Range: Mohavea breviflora is relatively rare in the United States where it is found in AZ, CA, NV, UT. In Arizona it is found in the northwest parts of the state in Mohave County. This species is primarily a Mojave Desert species.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Mohavea breviflora.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: In North America there are 2 species and 2 accepted taxa overall for Mohavea. World wide, The Plant List includes 2 accepted species names and 2 species for the genus.

In the Southwestern United States, Arizona, California and Nevada each have 2 species of Mohavea, New Mexico, Texas and Utah each have 1 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.

Comments: Mohavea breviflora is a relatively rare plant in the United States preferring habitats within the Mojave Desert. The photos above were taken at Death Valley National Park, February, 29.

Date Profile Completed: 08/17/2016, updated format 10/03/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - (accessed 08/17/2016)
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 08/17/2016).
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 08/17/2016),7454,7455
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information 08/17/2016).