|Baja Ocotillo, Fouquieria diguetii.|
February 27, 2008. Phoenix Arizona Desert Botanical Garden.
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Drought deciduous and they drop their leaves if they lack water. They might then look dead, but they aren't!.
This variety is native of Baja California Mexico. It is a very close relative of Mexican Tree Ocotillo, Fouquieria macdougalii. However, Baja has more horizontal and crooked branches.
Height: Up To 20 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Most are about 6 - 8 feet.
Trunk: Up to 3 inches in diameter.
Bark: Brown - green, smooth; with paired, straight spines.
Flowers: Panicles of red tubular flowers, about 1 inch long, occuring in spike-like clusters (12 to 20 inches long) near the tops of the tree.
Blooming Time: Spring & Summer.
Seed Pod: Light brown seeds in a 3 valved elongated (1 inch long) capsule.
Leaves: Alternate, obovate, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, with entire margins, fleshy, occuring in bunches, yellow-green to blue-green in color.
Stems/Trunks: A redish-brown, finely furrowed bark. 3 to 14 inches in diameter.
Found: Introduced from Baja Mexico. At 0 - 2,800 feet elevation.
Elevation: 0 to 4,000 feet.
Soil pH requirements:
Habitat: Sandy well drained desert soils. Rocky hillsides and alluvial plains. Low water use landscaping plant in the Phoenix, & Tucson, Arizona areas.
Miscellaneous: Photos Taken February 27, 2008. Phoenix Arizona Desert Botanical Garden.
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