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Scientific Names C

Plants Listed By Scientific Name


*synonyms indicated with an asterisk
Caesalpinia virgata* (under Hoffmannseggia microphylla)
Calochortus kennedyi var. kennedyi
Calochortus striatus
Calycoseris parryi
Calycoseris wrightii
Calyptridium monandrum
Camissonia boothii subsp. condensata* (under Eremothera boothii subsp. condensata)
Camissonia boothii subsp. desertorum* (under Eremothera boothii subsp. desertorum)
Camissonia brevipes subsp. brevipes* (under Chylismia brevipes subsp. brevipes)
Camissonia californica* (under Eulobus californicus)
Camissonia campestris subsp. campestris
Camissonia cardiophylla subsp. cardiophylla* (under Chylismia cardiophylla subsp. cardiophylla)
Camissonia chamaenerioides* (under Eremothera chamaenerioides)
Camissonia claviformis subsp. aurantiaca* (under Chylismia claviformis subsp. aurantiaca)
Camissonia claviformis subsp. claviformis* (under Chylismia claviformis subsp. claviformis)
Camissonia claviformis subsp. peirsonii* (under Chylismia claviformis subsp. peirsonii)
Camissonia claviformis subsp. yumae* (under Chylismia claviformis subsp. yumae)
Camissonia pallida subsp. hallii* (under Camissoniopsis pallida subsp. hallii)
Camissonia pallida subsp. pallida* (under Camissoniopsis pallida subsp. pallida)
Camissonia pusilla
Camissonia refracta* (under Eremothera refracta)
Camissonia strigulosa
Camissoniopsis pallida subsp. hallii
Camissoniopsis pallida subsp. pallida
Carex douglasii
Castela emoryi
Castilleja angustifolia* (under Castilleja chromosa)
Castilleja chromosa
Castilleja foliolosa
Castilleja linariifolia
Caulanthus cooperi
Caulanthus hallii
Caulanthus lasiophyllus
Ceanothus greggii var. vestitus* (under Ceanothus vestitus)
Ceanothus vestitus
Celtis reticulata
Centromadia pungens subsp. pungens
Centrostegia thurberi
Cercidium floridum subsp. floridum* (under Parkinsonia florida)
Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides
Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia
Chaenactis fremontii
Chaenactis macrantha
Chaenactis stevioides
Chaenactis xantiana
Chamaesyce abramsiana
Chamaesyce albomarginata
Chamaesyce micromera
Chamaesyce polycarpa
Chamaesyce revoluta
Chamaesyce serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia
Chamaesyce setiloba
Cheilanthes covillei
Cheilanthes feei
Cheilanthes parryi
Cheilanthes viscida
Chenopodium album
Chenopodium californicum
Chenopodium fremontii
Chenopodium incanum var. occidentale
Chenopodium murale
Chilopsis linearis subsp. arcuata
Chloris virgata
Chorizanthe brevicornu var. brevicornu
Chorizanthe corrugata
Chorizanthe rigida
Chorizanthe watsonii
Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. consimilis* (under Ericameria nauseosa var. oreophila)
Chrysothamnus nauseosus subsp. mohavensis* (under Ericameria nauseosa var. mohavensis)
Chrysothamnus paniculatus* (under Ericameria paniculata)
Chrysothamnus teretifolius* (under Ericameria teretifolia)
Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus subsp. viscidiflorus
Chylismia brevipes subsp. brevipes
Chylismia cardiophylla subsp. cardiophylla
Chylismia claviformis subsp. aurantiaca
Chylismia claviformis subsp. claviformis
Chylismia claviformis subsp. peirsonii
Chylismia claviformis subsp. yumae
Cirsium neomexicanum
Cirsium vulgare
Claytonia parviflora subsp. utahensis
Claytonia parviflora subsp. viridis
Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata
Clematis pauciflora
Coleogyne ramosissima
Colubrina californica
Conyza canadensis* (under Erigeron canadensis)
Conyza coulteri* (under Laennicia coulteri)
Cordylanthus rigidus subsp. setigerus
Coreopsis bigelovii* (under Leptosyne bigelovii)
Coreopsis californica var. californica* (under Leptosyne californica)
Coreopsis calliopsidea* (under Leptosyne calliopsidea)
Coryphantha alversonii
Crassula connata
Crossosoma bigelovii
Croton californicus
Crypsis alopecuroides
Cryptantha angustifolia
Cryptantha barbigera var. barbigera
Cryptantha barbigera var. fergusoniae
Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa
Cryptantha costata
Cryptantha decipiens
Cryptantha dumetorum
Cryptantha gracilis
Cryptantha inaequata
Cryptantha intermedia var. intermedia
Cryptantha maritima
Cryptantha micrantha var. lepida
Cryptantha micrantha var. micrantha
Cryptantha nevadensis var. nevadensis
Cryptantha nevadensis var. rigida
Cryptantha pterocarya var. cycloptera
Cryptantha pterocarya var. pterocarya
Cryptantha pterocarya var. purpusii
Cryptantha racemosa
Cryptantha recurvata
Cryptantha utahensis
Cucurbita palmata
Cuscuta californica var. californica
Cuscuta denticulata
Cyclospermum leptophyllum
Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa
Cylindropuntia ramosissima
Cymopterus panamintensis var. acutifolius
Cynanchum utahense* (under Funastrum utahense)
Cynodon dactylon
Cyperus laevigatus
Cyperus squarrosus

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Desert Tortoise

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