"Characteristic of the Trans-Pecos's Chihuahuan Desert, Ocotillo is one of its most unmistakable shrubs, with long, wand-like, thorny branches that rise from the crown. In the spring brilliant red flowers bloom from the ends of the stems. Small bright green leaves appear in response to rains and disappear with drought. It is common in desert flats and also on slopes and mesas from sea level to 6,000 feet, growing on rocky, shallow, calcareous or igneous soils, usually over caliche."
Fouquieria splendens, Ocotillo, courtesy of Melody Lytle
The fruit is an "ovoid capsule containing many flat, winged seeds."
The following Saturniidae species utilize Fouquieria splendens as a larval host.
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Plant information is from Aggie Horticulture
Larval hostplant lists have been compiled from
the Natural History Museum's
HOSTS - a database of the world's Lepidopteran hostplants