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Field Guide/Chuparosa

Chuparosa (Hummingbird bush, Justicia californica (Beloperone californica))
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Location
Habitat Along watercourses in deserts, below 2,500 ft (750 m) elevation
Range Northwest Mexico, Southern California and Arizona
Flowers
Description deeply divided into two lips; upper lip has two lobes, lower lip has three
Corolla 2.5-3.8 cm (1-1.5 in)
Color dull-red, tubular
Flowering February-June
Notes Flowers favored by hummingbirds
Stems
Description Densely branched
Texture Smooth
Leaves
Description Ovate, opposite and covered with fine hairs; mostly leafless
Length 1.3 cm (.5 in)
Fruit

The Chuparosa (hummingbird in Spanish) is a nectar-rich flowers which attracts hummingbirds, linnets and sparrows. It is said to have been eaten by the Papago tribe.