13 responses to “Fouquieria splendens”

  1. David Tarrant

    Happy memories of a great drive to Xilitla and back.
    So many interesting plant stops.
    Reminded me of my early plant collecting forays with Dr Roy Taylor and Dr Gerald Straley
    when I worked at UBC Botanical Garden.
    You captured that light so well.
    Another well written and post on BPOD, keep up the good work.

  2. Mercy

    Ocotillo always look like snakes standing on their tails to me…and when flowering, with questing tongues!

  3. Peggy Menzie

    Fabulous picture! Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

  4. Eric Simpson

    I see them on slopes all over Anza-Borrego, but that *is* quite the high density!

    And now for something completely (OK, only slightly) different…check out this mutant I found near Palm Canyon:

  5. Bonnie

    Neon pipe cleaners! Very cool!

  6. Toinette Lippe

    On a trip to Nogales, Arizona, near the border with Mexico many years ago, I was amused and amazed to see that many people were using ocotillo as fencing around their properties. At that time it was in flower. This was the first time I’d seen flowering fences.

  7. Gary Nored

    When this plant drops its leaves, they simply turn yellow, and then fall. But sometimes, particularly if the weather is cool, they turn red. This event is pretty showy!


    What a stunner the last photo is showing the red leaves. I have never seen it like this. Thanks for the photo.

  9. lynn

    It sure is a memorable species, and I’m glad you stopped the car – that light is amazing through the leaves! I’ve never seen such a dense thicket of Ocotillo. About half way through the post linked below are a few more Ocotillo views, from Organ Pipe NM in southern Arizona, in January.


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