what are these Arizona desert plants?

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BekahBear

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i live in the desert near Tucson Arizona. i have been searching thorugh our 5 acres for weeds and/or grasses to offer my new Sulcatas but haven't had much luck. it has been extremely dry here this year so almost everything is dead. basically all we have on the property is cactus, creosote bushes, and a couple palo verde, and mesquite trees. there are some weeds/plants growing out behind the horse pens since there is more water in that area (the horse water leaks a little). i have no idea what they are or if any of them would be safe for the Sulcatas to munch on. does anyone here have an idea what they are or if any of them are safe?
 

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Bump! I don't live in the Sonoran and have no idea what these plants are. Someone???
 

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here's your #6
http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/2462/thymophylla-pentachaeta-fiveneedle-pricklyleaf/

1st one might be this
http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/2551/zinnia-acerosa-desert-zinnia/

4th one might be this
http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/72/amaranthus-fimbriatus-fringed-amaranth/

your 5th one reminds me of a Socal native that appears to occur in your area as well ( http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/1731/oenothera-elata-hookers-evening-primrose/ ) , but I'm not 100%...I've also seen something like #3 in the deserts out here

when the others bloom you should be able to use this website to id them from flower color http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/
 

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redbeef said:

yep, thats definitely it. any idea if it is safe for the torts? i cant find it on any lists



redbeef said:

yeah, that looks exactly like it. same as #6...is it safe? is there a good list of toxic and nontoxic plants that i could look through...i havent been able to find one that has the plants from my area. the tortoisetable website doesnt.



redbeef said:

i dont think so on this one. like you said, ill have to wait and see what all these plants look like when they flower.



redbeef said:
your 5th one reminds me of a Socal native that appears to occur in your area as well ( http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/1731/oenothera-elata-hookers-evening-primrose/ ) , but I'm not 100%...I've also seen something like #3 in the deserts out here

when the others bloom you should be able to use this website to id them from flower color http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/

that is an awesome website. thanks! ill have to take the time and really look through it and see what i can and cannot identify from my area.
 

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well....tortoisetable lists Zinnia spp as edible, but there is nothing specific on this species, so it's something of a tossup (http://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/site/plants_19.asp?mode=main&catID=402)

the other one (1st pic) is more difficult to pin down: it's an asteraceae, but there's both edible and mildly toxic members of that family

sorry I can't help you w/the 'safe to feed' or not question...perhaps do a google search w/the scientific names and some keywords like "toxicity" or "edible" and see if you come up w/some hits.
 
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