This is the second part of the series on ocotillo. Today’s photographs are a conventional specimen shot and an impressionistic shot with the Lenbaby lens. The wand-like stems are instantly recognizable in the southwestern USA as being Fouquieria splendens.
This does not hold true if one visits Mexico, where the stems of at least a few of the other ten species have a similar appearance.
Botany / conservation resource link: Botanic Gardens: Using Biodiversity to Improve Human Well-being, a recently released report from Botanical Gardens Conservation International “which addresses the fundamental linkages between the conservation of biological resources and the reduction of world poverty. The report highlights the important work being carried out across the globe by botanic gardens, who see the protection and sustainable use of plant diversity as the foundation for the improvement of human well-being.”