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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This month's genus:


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Dilleniidae
Order: Violales
Family: Fouquieriaceae
Number of Species: 7
Root: Named for Pierre Fouquier ( Ref.)

Plants in the genus Fouquieria, like all species in the Fouquieriaceae, are native to Mexico and the Southwestern United States. These trees and shrubs have adapted to their harsh, arid climate by producing new leaves only in response to rain.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Fouquieria species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.
  2. Spellenberg, Richard. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Western Region. New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1994.

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