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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
Wildflower

Synonyms:
  • Hummingbird Bush
  • Beloperone
  • Beloperone californica Bentham
Comment:
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.

Reference:
1. Jepson eFlora (2013) Justicia californica. Jepson Herbarium, U. of Cal.-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
http://ucjeps.berkel...JM.pl?tid=29815

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
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