Ipomopsis arizonica

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Ipomopsis arizonica
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Ipomopsis
Species: I. arizonica
Binomial name
Ipomopsis arizonica
(Greene) Wherry

Ipomopsis arizonica (Arizona firecracker or Arizona ipomopsis) is a flowering plant in the family Polemoniaceae, native to the mountains of the Mojave Desert sky islands from southeastern California east through southern Nevada to northern Arizona, growing at 1500-3100 meters in elevation. It is found in rocky places in the desert, as well as washes.


Ipomopsis arizonica is a monocarpic herbaceous perennial plant, dying after flowering and producing seeds. It grows from 10-30 cm tall, with pinnately lobed leaves 3-5 cm long with 7-11 lobes. The flowers are produced 5-13 on a one-sided spike, each flower tubular, 1 to 2 centimeters long, with five corolla lobes each up to a centimeter long; they are bright red, and pollinated by hummingbirds.


  • Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Jon Mark Stewart, 1998, pg. 119

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