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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Plantaginaceae
Tribus: Antirrhineae
Genus: Mohavea
Species: M. breviflora – M. confertiflora – M. viscida

Mohavea A. Gray Pacif. Railr. Rep. 4(5): 122. (1857)
Type species: Mohavea viscida A. Gray


Gray, A. (1857) Reports of explorations and surveys : to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, made under the direction of the Secretary of War 4(5): 122.
The Plant List 2013. Mohavea in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 May 31. 2014. Mohavea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 May 31.
International Plant Names Index. 2014. Mohavea. Published online. Accessed: May 31 2014.

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.[1]


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 lesser mohavea, Mohavea breviflora, has small yellow flowers, while the ghost flower, Mohavea confertiflora, features large pale flowers with a pattern of purple spots.


The genus name is derived from the Mojave River, where specimens were first collected by John C. Fremont.[2]


Oyama, R. K.; Baum, D. A. (2004). "Phylogenetic relationships of North American Antirrhinum (Veronicaceae)". American Journal of Botany. 91 (6): 918–925. doi:10.3732/ajb.91.6.918. PMID 21653448.

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