Bahía Asunción Plants A-B

Bahía Asunción is a small town located on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, within the Vizcaíno Desert Biosphere Reserve. It is about 3 hours southwest of Guerrero Negro. On our trip to the area April 29 - May 3, 2010, we visited a couple of different areas with local friends to look at plants and make an inventory list of what we saw.

Map of Bahia Asuncion area

Flowering for most winter annuals had already peaked earlier in April while many shrubs were just beginning to bloom. Overall, there was a surprising number of plants in flower. It required a lot of eyes to find many of them because they were very tiny annuals that just disappeared into the surrounding gravelly soils.

On this, and the following pages, you will find some of the plants we saw. We'd like to thank our friends for providing some of the photos on these pages (see credits below photo). You can also see photos of the areas that we visited, including San Roque and San Hipólito, on this page.

Click on any photo for a larger image.

Plants are listed A-Z by family, then A-Z by species. Common names in English and Spanish are noted if available.


Families: A-B | C-E | F-M | N-Z

Agavaceae (Agave Family)

Yucca valida

Yucca valida
Tree yucca, Datilillo


 

Aizoaceae (Fig-Marigold Family)

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum
Crystalline iceplant, Hielitos
Annual succulent. Leaves flat, wide, large.

 

Yucca valida blossoms
Yucca valida
Inflorescence


 

 

Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum

Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum
Iceplant, Hielitos
Annual succulent. Leaves cylindrical, small.


Anacardiaceae (Sumac Family)

Pachycormus discolor
Pachycormus discolor
Elephant tree, Copalquín, Torote blanco
Note pink blush of flowers. Some trees may have cream or pale pink flowers.


Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Funastrum arenarium

Funastrum [Sarcostemma] arenarium
Talayote
Perennial vine

 

Asclepias albicans

Asclepias albicans
Milkweed, Jumetón
Shrubby perennial


 

Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Ambrosia magdalena

Ambrosia magdalena
Ragweed, Chicura
Shrub

 

Bahiopsis microphylla

Bahiopsis microphylla
Margarita
Shrub

 

Coreocarpus parthenioides var. heterocarpus

Coreocarpus parthenioides var. heterocarpus
Annual herb

 

Dyssodia anthemidifolia

Dyssodia anthemidifolia
While this has no known common name, a weedy relative in North America is called "Fetid marigold".

 

Encelia palmeri

Encelia palmeri
Brittlebush, incienso

 

Encelia species

Encelia species
(L to R: E. palmeri , E. ventorum and their hybrid)

 

Pleurocoronis lamphamioides

Pleurocoronis laphamioides
Shrub

 

Perityle emoryi

Perityle emoryi
Rock daisy, Margarita
Annual herb. Somewhat sticky and smelly

 

Trixis californica

Trixis californica var. californica
  

 

Xylothamia diffusa

Xylothamia diffusa
Romerillo amargo

 


Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Cryptantha

Cryptantha sp.
Small, annual, prickly herb

 

Heliotrope

Heliotropium curassavicum
Alkali heliotrope, Hierba del sapo

 


 

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Brassica tournefourtii

Brassica tournefortii
Saharan mustard, nabo del campo

 

Spectacle pod

Dithyrea californica
Spectacle pod (look for the small fruit shaped like a pair of glasses)

 


 

Burseraceae (Torchwood Family)

Prostrate Bursera

Bursera hindsiana
Elephant tree, Torote prieto
prostrated by wind on sea bluff

 

Funastrum arenarium

Funastrum [Sarcostemma] arenarium
Talayote
Perennial vine

 

Asclepias albicans

Asclepias albicans
Milkweed, Jumetón
Shrubby perennial


 

 

Amblyopappus pusillus

Ambylopappus pusillus
Pineapple weed
Annual herb

 

Bebbia juncea var. juncea

Bebbia juncea var. juncea
Sweetbush, Apá
Shrub

 

Coreocarpus parthenioides var. parthenioides

Coreocarpus parthenioides var. parthenioides
Annual herb

 

Dyssodia anthemidifolia

Dyssodia anthemidifolia
Appropriately, Dyssodia is Greek for "disagreeable odor", as this annual herb is quite pungent. Photo: Copyright © 2010 D. & J. Trotter

 

Encelia ventorum

Encelia ventorum
 

 

Encelia species

Encelia species
(
L to R: E. ventorum, Encelia hybrid, E. palmeri)

 

Pleurocoronis laphamioides

Pleurocoronis laphamioides
Shrub

 

Porophyllum maritimum
Porophyllum maritimum
Odoro, Hierba del venado
Shrub with very strong odor

 

Trixis californica flowers

Trixis californica var. californica
Photo: Copyright © 2010 D. & J. Trotter

 

Xylothamia diffusa

Xylothamia diffusa
Photo: Copyright © 2010 D. & J. Trotter

 


 

Cryptantha species

Two other Cryptantha species nearby
 

 

Heliotropium curassavicum

Heliotropium curassavicum flowers and fruit
Photo: Copyright © 2010 D. & J. Trotter

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

See CalPhotos for more photos of this species

Read more about this highly invasive, noxious weed

 

 

 

 

 

 


Spectacle pod

Dithyrea californica
Spectacle pod

 


 

 

Bursera bonsai

Bursera hindsiana
Bonsai version, about 3 ft high
 


Families: A-B | C-E | F-M | N-Z

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