OTHER 20th CENTURY BOTANICAL ARTISTS
OF THE SONORAN DESERT
-- MARGARET POPE --

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Exhibit Item 70

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Castilleja exerta
Owl-clover, Escobita

Artist: © 1997 Margaret Pope
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Sonoran Desert Wildflowers, 2001

From the Collection of Linda Brewer

Escobita, the Spanish name for owl-clover, means “little broom”. It is partially parasitic on the roots of other desert wildflowers and composite shrubs.

Exhibit Item 71

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Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo

Artist: © 1998 Margaret Pope
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Sonoran Desert Wildflowers, 2001

From the Collection of Carrie and Bob Evans

The tubular flowers are a reliable source of nectar for hummingbirds during their spring migration since the plant will flower regardless of rain. For most of the year the ocotillo is leafless; but it is very responsive to rain, and the stems will leaf out within 3 days of a summer rain and at other times of the year when warm enough. Although the stems have spines, this is not a cactus. Ocotillo means “little pine”, taken from the Aztec word ocotle meaning pine and adding the diminutive “illo”.