I want to identify this plant. It's located in Phoenix and appears to be a shrub.

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    It could be useful if you add more picture, at least one zoomed on the stems.
    – RPO
    Jul 31, 2015 at 7:59
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    Agree, more pictures with better light, showing detail of foliage as well as a clearer version of this photo.
    – Bamboo
    Jul 31, 2015 at 9:20

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Maybe a wild guess: To me it looks like a Tumbleweed of the Salsola spcies. It was my first impression considerinfy you mentioned Arizona desert. Googeling it shows a couple of pictures.


The image is blurry sure, but to me this looks like a young Fennel plant. Fennel grows really well in typical drought conditions. A tell tale sign would be the aroma coming from it. Once matured, it produces beautifully florets of yellow flowers and attracts all manners of insects.

Do post a better picture, or try smelling the plant from a safe distance (if you touch it, wash your hands till you are certain of the species).


Could this also be tamarix? Also called Salt Cedar, it's considered invasive in some parts of the world. Some people here are trying to get rid of them.

But some are also beautiful in the spring for they come all pink: enter image description here

definitely add some close up pictures and spring pictures.

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