Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey

Series produced by KXCI

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Petey Mesquitey is KXCI’s resident storyteller.

Every week since the spring of 1992 Petey has delighted KXCI listeners with slide shows and poems, stories and songs about flora, fauna, family and the glory of living in southern Arizona.


48 Pieces

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At one point when I was reading about the age of water I came across some research indicating that some of the water molecules we drink could be 4....

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:09
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Calliandra is a beautiful plant name. I like the way a genus name can sometimes become the common name as well. I wonder how many baby girls of bot...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:07
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I like the name sumac and I’ve known it since I was a kid in Kentucky. The most talked about sumac of my youth was poison sumac or poison ivy, but ...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:42
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Hmm, I’m not doing a very good job of keeping up with botanical names. Either that or I’m making them up as I go. The current and correct name for ...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:13
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Chuparosa is one my of favorite plants from back when we used to live outside of Tucson. I bet we had 5 or 6 of them planted at our little homestea...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:23
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A morning or two after I recorded this show I heard a scaled quail calling, so now I have both species calling starting at dawn and then off and on...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 05:20
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House finches are pretty darned cute and that’s why pet stores back in New York City in 1939 were selling them as “Hollywood Finches”. The Migrator...

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:43
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Desert anemone (Anemone tuberosa) is in the Buttercup Family. Buttercups are the genus Ranuculus and so the family name is Ranunculaceae. It’s prob...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 05:22
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Tumbleweed and careless weed are here to stay and though careless weed is an Arizona native (Amaranthus palmeri) it certainly appears, at least to ...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 05:19
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The Ol’ Guajolote is not alive with critters by the time it runs by our home.

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 05:05
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I think I should have called this show, “infundibula, blah, blah, blah”, and though I love to poke fun at the terms, the truth is that I love the l...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 04:48
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Canyon hackberry must be an old common name, because all the new literature calls it western hackberry. Western, I suppose, as opposed to the south...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 05:00
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Velvet mesquite is the predominate native mesquite of southern Arizona. If you go west toward California, you will start running into western honey...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 05:18
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Sometimes the setting of the moon is as spectacular as the rising. As it slides down toward the mountains in the horizon it appears larger and larg...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:19
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I was incorrect about the species of Acalypha in this show. The correct name is A. phleoides (the former A. lindheimeri), not neomexicana as I stat...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:16
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There is a large batch of horehound (Marrubium vulgare) under a mesquite in our yard. Well, along a fence line that defines “our yard”. It hasn’t s...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:26
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I don’t think there is anything more heartbreaking than seeing a road killed pet. Well, honestly, I have a hard enough time with road killed wildli...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:28
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We have had 4-wheel drive vehicles for many years and we’ve always found it to be a great tool that can take the worry out of some roads. I just ha...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
  • Length: 05:16
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I’m not sure I can add a whole lot more about jojoba (Simmondsia chinesis) other than what you hear in this show, except that it is now in its own ...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 05:20
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It’s true that life in southeastern Arizona is full of “behold!” moments. It is so exciting to live in such a diverse land, both in plants and anim...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 05:07
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