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Fouquieria splendens [Ocotillo]


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 20:56

Rørslett, B. 2013. Fouquieria splendens Engelm. (Fouquieriaceae). Ocotillo. Flowers photographed in visible and ultraviolet light. http://www.ultraviol...ndens-ocotillo/

Fouquieria splendens Engelm.
EN: Ocotillo

This is a small cactus-like shrub native to the desert ranges of northern Mexico and adjacent parts of United States.Its appearance is unlike virtually all other plants so the likelihood of misidentification is practically nil. The bright deep red flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and local carpenter bees.

Specimens photographed in Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA 4 Mar 2012.

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The habitus of an Ocotillo on a desert ridge.

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Visible light: Nikon D3X, Voigtländer 125 mm f/2.5 APO-Lanthar, daylight. Close-up of flowers.

Below are two captures in UV from the same inflorescence;

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Ultraviolet light: Nikon D40X, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 lens, Baader U2" (Venus) filter, SB-140 flash.

References:
http://www.ultraviol...ure-references/

[Published 29 June 2013]