(pronounced oh-coh-tee-yo), looks like a clump of tall, radiating stems. These thorny stems burst into leaf within a couple days after a good summer thunderstorm. Scarlet flowers soon tip the branches. The ocotillo loses its leaves quickly when drought ensues.
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