Fouquieria splendens. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire. Fouquieria splendens. Plant Database Search. Ocotillo. This upright thorny shrub occurs from southern California east to west Texas and ranges south into. Fouquieria splendens Engelm. Go To Encyclopedia of Life Family: Fouquieriaceae Fouquieria splendens image. Max Licher. VPAP; Field Guide; Web Links.

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The Plant Guide

Common names include Ocotillo, Coachwhip, Jacob’s staff, and Vine Cactus, although it is not a true cactus. Flowers sucked for nectar.

About Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens Gouquieria is a curious-looking and unique desert plant of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Newsletter Get the latest how-to and design inspiration articles plus special offers sent straight to your inbox. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotosWikimedia Commonsand independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape.

Plant occurences shown as blue squares. Ocotillo plants prefer well-drained, sandy or gravely loam soil with low to moderate spldndens of organic content.

The bright red flowers appear in spring and summer, occurring as a group of small tube shapes at the tip of the stem.

How to Prune Hydrangeas. MasonMcDougall Common Name: Apache made a powdered root paste to ease swelling. In the drier an lower part of its areal the soil is more sandy and loose. It branches profusely from the base in a typical candelabra shape and sheds its leaves and flowers during drought periods, but chlorophyll in the bark allows the photosynthesis also without leaves.


Ocotillo with leaves outside Tucson Mountains after a rainfall event. They are orange-red to red rarely pinkish, creamy white or white in var. It has blunt petiolar spines 1—4 cm long derived from original leaves of long shoots The leaf stalks harden into spines, and new leaves sprout in cluster from the base of the spine.

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Fouquieria splendens group. Log In New Account Sitemap.

Fouquieria splendens

Views Read Edit View history. Log in or create an account to post a comment. Spring blossoming lasts days. For propagating by seed: The plant needs moderate watering when growing in leaf but keep it dry when it’s dormant not in leaf. Width 15 ft 4.

Capsule mm long, 3-valved; containing flat, papery-winged seeds. Go To Encyclopedia of Life The petiole of spoon-shaped leaves persist after the blades drop, becoming hard, conical spines. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata.

More From the Plant Guide. Occurrences with accuracy of less than. Double Check Do you really want to delete the list,? Ideal plants have been grown from stem cuttings and from seed. Papago pressed the nectar out of blossoms, hardened it like rock candy and chewed.

Fouquieria splendens ssp. splendens Calflora

Form Upright, Fountain, Upright Columnar. Back to Fouquieriaceae index. This data was interpolated to estimate average annual precipitation for the latitude and longitude of each plant occurrence location provided by the Consortium of California Herbaria. Sign up Log in. Appearing within days eplendens ground-soaking rains and turning yellow and dropping in response to drought; blades fleshy, ovate, cm long.


Growth Rate Very Slow, Fast. Full Sun Growth Rate: The side branches are often pruned away to enlarge the fat swollen main trunk.

For the census-designated place, see Ocotillo, California. The stems may reach a diameter of 5 centimeters at the base, and the plant may grow to a height of 10 meters, but growth is very slow. The stems epidermis contains chlorophyll that contribute to produce the photosynthate needed for the rapid development of ephemeral leaves and roots after rains.

Depending on the rains a plant may gain and lose its leaves six or more times a year. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of HerbariaSunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Estimated range shown in yellow. This data was interpolated to estimate average July-August-September precipitation for the latitude and longitude of each fouquiedia occurrence location provided by the Consortium of California Herbaria.

Individual flowers are mildly zygomorphic and are pollinated by hummingbirds and native carpenter bees.