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Santa Rita Range - Ocotillo - Fourquieria splendens

Santa Rita Range - Ocotillo - Fourquieria splendens
Madera Canyon, Pima County, Arizona, USA
July 26, 2013

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Ocotillo
...aka Fourquieria splendens. From the classic "Arizona Flora": "Ocotillo drops its leaves as soon as the soil gets dry, but quickly refoliates after a good rain". Its long, terminal, inflorescences of densely packed, deep-red, tubular flowers are quite spectacular in spring.

 
Thanks Aaron!
for the ID, I and others love to learn about them!

 
Ocotillo in flower...
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Also, there's some interesting natural history info on Ocotillo at this Tucson Community College web-site (last paragraph refers to Madera Cyn populations!) and at Wikipedia.

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