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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Ocotillo   Fouquieria splendens    
Ocotillo family — Fouquieriaceae

Also known as:
Candlewood, Coachwood

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The ocotillo is one of the most characteristic species of the Chihuahuan Desert region of the Trans-Pecos. Its form, with many long, little-branched, wand-like, thorn-covered stems from the base, is a familiar sight in the Big Bend. Under drought conditions, it may be leafless; otherwise, the small leaves huddle close along the stems. Flowering depends somewhat on the rains but is usually best in spring or early summer.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: March, April, May, June, July, August, September

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