This tiny but tough Sonoran Desert vine is illustrated here by Tucson artists Margaret Pope and Philip Jenkins and is also shown in an illustration from the Pacific Railroad Survey of 1856.
Visit our online exhibit, a complete presentation of Botanical Art of the Sonoran Desert: Past & Present, a 2013 exhibit shown at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Ironwood Gallery.
An archive of articles about botanical art from the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society's newsletter The Desert Breeze. Cyathea smithii (right), collected in New Zealand by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker.
Read about the 19th century artists who first illustrated the landscapes and plants of the Sonoran Desert for the great survey expeditions in the American West
Read about the life and writings of Joseph Wood Krutch and the new Florilegium of the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden at the University of Arizona
Read about our projects to preserve and exhibit botanical art, both historical and contemporary.
Learn about the process of creating a scientific botanical illustration, also called a botanical plate.
For more than 400 years, florilegia, or “flower books,” have been created as botanically accurate renderings of living collections of plants from a particular botanical garden or region. The earliest published florilegia were compilations of paintings of plants found in European flower gardens, but over time, they have come to play a broader role in botanical and historical documentation.
In keeping with the Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program’s goal to promote conservation and appreciation of Sonoran Desert plants through botanical art, the program has established a florilegium to document plants native to the Sonoran Desert Region.
Traditionally the paintings of a florilegium were compiled and published as a book, but contemporary florilegia increasingly have become curated collections of botanical art. Unlike many of these florilegia, the Sonoran Desert Florilegium is an online collection of digital images of botanical art that can reach a far wider audience than a curated collection of physical artworks.
A call for entries for artists to submit works to the Sonoran Desert Florilegium can be found here.