The Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program is sponsored by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS) and contributes monthly articles to its newsletter the Desert Breeze. These short pieces aim to introduce TCSS members to various aspects of botanical art: the history of the art form, techniques and processes of producing botanical art, comparisons of the old and the new, presentation of works by contemporary botanical artists, and current projects involving botanical art of the Sonoran Desert.

These brief but informative articles are archived here.

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botanical illustration of cereus giganteus, the giant saguaro, by Matilda Smith from Curtis's Magazine

Cereus giganteus, Saguaro
Matilda Smith, Illustrator
Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, 1892

Fouquieria splendens, Ocotillo
Mary Vaux Walcott
North American Wildflowers, 1925

Opuntia hyptiacantha, Ocotillo
Deborah Griscom Passmore
Bulletin 116, Bureau of Plant Industry, USDA, 1907

Passiflora arida
© 2013 Martha Thompson

Ferocactus wislizeni, Fishhook barrel cactus
© 2008 Joan McGann

Dalbergia sissoo, Indian rosewood
© 2014 Chris Bondante

Araucaria araucana, Monkey puzzle tree
Illustrator: Vernon Heath, 1876
The Garden, an Illustrated Weekly Journal