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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Gum from the bark was used to wax leather. New leaves may be formed at any season in response to rain. Occurrences with accuracy of less than. Log In Sign Up. They are pollinated by hummingbirds or carpenter bees. With rainfall the plant quickly becomes lush with small centimeter ovate leaves, which may remain for weeks or even months. This cycle can replay several times a season.
Site Type Native to the Colorado Desert and slightly extending into the Mojave Desertit is found in very arid slopes, canyons, washes and alluvial fans in fast draining sandy, gravelly soil, often among boulders but also in pure sand. 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.
Ease of Care Moderately Easy. They should be planted to the original growing depth and, as with cacti, in their original directional orientation: Flowers appear especially after rainfall in spring, summer, and occasionally autumn.
For the census-designated place, see Ocotillo, California. Depending on the rains a plant may gain and lose its leaves six or more times a year. It grows with a large assortment of cacti and other succulents, including Mojave yucca Yucca schidigerabeavertail cactus Opuntia basilaris Barrel Cactus Ferocactus cylindraceus Chollas Opuntia spp.
The plant branches very heavily at its base, splehdens above that the branches are pole-like and only infrequently divide further, and specimens in cultivation may not exhibit foquieria secondary branches.
Ocotillo – FineGardening
Watch for the plants greening up quickly after rains. You must be a registered user to access this feature. Dry, rocky hills, on slopes, plains and washes.
North American Natives Flower Color: Individual stems may reach a diameter of cm at the base. The plant splendwns moderate watering when growing in leaf but keep it dry when it’s dormant not in leaf.
Fouquieria splendens is splendesn odd, slender, cactuslike, spiny shrub or small tree 2,5 to 6 m high with little branched or unbranched stems and differentiated short and long shoots. They can also be dipped in batter and fried. Ideal plants have been grown from stem cuttings and from seed.
Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage Tolerance: Seeds were parched and ground into flour for mush aplendens cakes. Click on the squares for occurrence records. MasonMcDougall Common Name: When dry conditions return, ocotillo drops its leaves again. Log In New Account Sitemap.
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Papago pressed the nectar out of blossoms, hardened it like rock candy and chewed. Great as a surprising specimen or forbidding hedge. It grows best in full sun to part shade.
Sources of plant photos include CalPhotosWikimedia Commonsand independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Stems splendns for fences and houses.
Multiple, usually 6 to 30 occasionally up toupright or arching, thorny green in clusters from a common root-crown; Individual stems are simple pole-like and only infrequently divide further, and specimens in cultivation may not exhibit any secondary branches. It can be propagated from cuttings, but results are variable.
The second type of leaves are obovate to elliptic, appear shortly after each brief warm-season rainfall in fascicles on short shoots, often fully formed within 48 fouquifria and drop in a drought, leaving numerous scars. Retrieved from ” https: Plant observation data aplendens by the participants of the California Consortia of HerbariaSunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project.