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Justicia californica [Chuparosa]

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#1 Andrea B.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 17:16

Blum, A.G. (2013) Justicia californica (Bentham) D.N. Gibson (Acanthaceae) Chuparosa. Flowers photographed in ultraviolet and visible light. http://www.ultraviol...nica-chuparosa/

Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
Lat [N33°43'07.1"] Lon [W115°48'37.0"]
05 March 2012

  • Hummingbird Bush
  • Beloperone
  • Beloperone californica Bentham
Beloved by hummingbirds, Justicia californica's scarlet flowers put on a spectacular display in the Sonoran desert when the shrubs are in bloom. Bees may see the UV-absorbing Chuparosa flower as bee-neutral, but they do visit it. The plant is one of the host plants for the Texas Crescent (Phyciodes texana) butterfly.

1. Jepson eFlora (2013) Justicia californica. Jepson Herbarium, U. of Cal.-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

Equipment [Nikon D300-broadband + Nikon 105mm f/4.5 UV-Nikkor]

Visible Light [f/8 for 1/60" @ ISO 200 with Nikon D3S + Nikon 60mm f/2.8G Micro-Nikkor]
Attached Image: chuparosaVisSun030512joshuaTreeNpCA_35314orig01.jpg

Visible Light [f/11 for 1/250" @ ISO 1250 with onboard Flash and Baader UVIR-Block Filter]
Attached Image: justiciaCalifornicaVisFlash030512joshuaTreeNpCA_23447origProofPn.jpg

Ultraviolet Light [f/11 for 1/250" @ ISO 1250 with SB-14 UV-modified Flash and Baader UV-Pass Filter]
Attached Image: justiciaCalifornicaUVBaadSB14_030512joshuaTreeNpCA_23448pfPn2.jpg
Andrea G. Blum
Often found hanging out with flowers & bees.