Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
The generic name of California flannelbush, Fremontodendron, is named for John C. Frémont, an American military officer, botanist and explorer. His accomplishments included naming the Great Basin and being the first Republican candidate for the office of President. He seems to have been quite the character. Under the meaning of fremontii (you’ll need to scroll down), Michael Charters quotes a line from an LA times review of a biography: “He turned golden promise into the dross of failure”.
California flannelbush is native to California and Arizona.