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Mohavea
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Mohavea confertiflora
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Tribe: Antirrhineae
Genus: Mohavea
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Species

Mohavea breviflora
Mohavea confertiflora

Mohavea is a plant genus consisting of two species native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This genus is often included in the closely related snapdragon genus Antirrhinum.

Taxonomy

Formerly included in the family Scrophulariaceae, the genus is now included in Plantaginaceae. The two species are both notable annuals flowering in the spring; the ghostflower M. confertiflora features large pale flowers with a pattern of purple spots, while the lesser mohavea M. breviflora has small yellow flowers.

Etymology

The genus name is derived from the Mojave River, where specimens were first collected by John C. Fremont.

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