A NEW DAY DAWNS, and morning light filters through the towering stems of an ocotillo
, casting striped shadows on the ground.
For these small ocotillos termed young plants, exact lengths of stems and number of flowers or fruit capsules produced per stem were recorded.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION--During 2003-2006, 15 stems of ocotillo that were <1 m long, each produced [greater than or equal to] 1 flower in two populations of ocotillos growing in the Chihuahuan Desert (Table 1).
It is clear that ocotillos growing in the Chihuahuan Desert can produce flowers on stems that are substantially shorter than 1 m.
Leaf production and flowering in ocotillos. Cactus and Succulent Journal 49:133-137.
Correspondent: email@example.com TABLE 1--The 15 stems <1 m long that produced [greater than or equal to] 1 flower in 2003-2006 in three classes of ocotillos (study, young, and adjacent plants) at the Jornada and Organ Mountains sites in the Chihuahuan Desert, New Mexico.
One meter has long been accepted as the length of stem below which flowers will not be produced in ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) since Darrow (1943) reported an absence of inflorescences on ocotillo stems shorter than 1 m.
In recent studies of relationships between size of plant and production of flowers in ocotillo (Bowers, 2005, 2006), one of the measures of size was number of branches long enough to flower (>1 m in length).
Hidden underneath the hilly grasslands studded with ocotillos
and mesquite trees in southeastern Arizona lies a world shrouded in perpetual darkness: Kartchner Caverns, a limestone cave system renowned for its untouched formations, sculpted over millennia by groundwater dissolving the bedrock and carving out underground rooms and passages.
After a spring rain, yuccas, ocotillos
, and cacti erupt in a brief bloom.
There were a couple of does and at least one smaller buck in that brushy pocket, but through the spotting scope it wasn't difficult to figure out which one was "him." He was moving down through some ocotillos
, only partly visible--and even at that I didn't look any longer than Kelso had.
You'll traverse a series of high valleys, ravines, and washes filled with a variety of plants, including purple barrel cactus and stands of ocotillos
. After a good rainfall, the long, slender branches of the ocotillo
are covered with tiny green leaves and red blossoms.