Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens

Fouquieria splendens



Leaves & Stem



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Family: Fouquieriaceae, Ocotillo Family
Plant Size: Generally less than 20' (6 M) in our area.
Blooms in: Spring/Summer
Habitat Preferred: Rocky slopes, mountainsides, desert areas
Photo(s) taken at: Red Rock Loop Road
Bloom Color: Bright Red
Other Common Names: Candlewood, Coachwhip
Origin: Native
Comments: Although this plant looks like a cactus because of its long spines and desert habitat, it is not in the cactus family. I've included it on the Cactus page because people often expect to find it there. It is in the same family as the Boojum tree of Sonora, and is the sole representative of this family in Arizona. The stems are leafless in dry times, and crowded with leaves in the better times. Individual stems, if planted, will grow new plants, and many a corral and fence has been made this way..
Further Reference & Sources: "Arizona Flora", Kearney, Peebles, et. al., Univ. of California Press, 1951 w/1960 supp.;   "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press
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