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Pholisma sonorae


This was one of the species of interest, in a psamiphtic plant survey I was a part of while I was an intern at the BLM's Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. We also surveyed the endangered Peirson's Milkvetch.


Pholisma sonorae, commonly known as Sandfood, is a rare and unusual species of flowering plant endemic to the Sonoran Deserts to the west of Yuma, Arizona in the California Yuha and Colorado Desert, and south in the Yuma Desert, where it is known from only a few locations.

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LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Spectacular find!

ericstump81 10 years ago

Amazing!Just AMAZING!

ulvalactuca77 10 years ago

Cool HW!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Congratulations hannawacker, this is the first spotting of this organism on Project Noah!

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Nice spotting!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

What a fascinating plant!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Amazing thing HW. Thanks for this and the info.

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 10 years ago

Very interesting information hannawacker. Thank you!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Awesome !

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

It looks like a Bombyliid Fly feeding on one of the flowers. Also very neat!

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

This is just amazing! I've never even heard of it. Really unique.

ulvalactuca77 10 years ago


Robb Hannawacker
Spotted by
Robb Hannawacker

California, USA

Spotted on Mar 27, 2004
Submitted on Jun 13, 2013

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