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Sonoran Desert Plants
Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens (Ocotillo, ocotillo)

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 Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens

 Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens

 Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens

 Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens

 Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens

 Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens

Habitat: bajadas
Life Form: shrub,tall
Leaf Description: fascicled simple leaves entire
Flower Color: red
Flowering Period: Apr. to June
Spines: short straight spines
Family: Fouquieriaceae (ocotillo family)
Abundance: common,widespread

Mating finches and cardinals are attracted to the brilliant red flowers, which they feed to each other before mating. Hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar. Verdins are attracted to the mites and spiders that feed on the nectar. Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2015. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 15. Eudicots: Fagaceae to Lythraceae. Phytoneuron 2015-59: 1-53. Published 20 Oct 2015. ISSN 2153 733X page 5 (8.5 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Fouquieria splendens ssp.splendens (opens in a new tab).

 

 

 

 

 

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