Watercolor from live specimen found along Sycamore Creek in the Mazatzal Mts., Maricopa Co., AZ, July 20, 1992.
TREE. Along desert washes that have a reliable underground water
source this tree can attain a height of 6 m or
more. Drooping branches and willow-like leaves, but not at all related to true
Wildlife: Buff-colored cocoons about 25 mm in length are made by the inchworm moth, Eucaterva variaria. The adult moth is white speckled with black. Also, a spectacular hawk moth, Manduca rustica, is known to use this plant in the larval stage.
Hummingbirds and large black carpenter
bees, Xylocopa californica arizonensis, rely on the Desert Willow's flowers for
leafhoppers known as sharpshooters can be found drawing sap from developing pods and
Bignoniaceae -- Trumpet Vine Family
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Plagens, page created 13 Nov. 2008,
updated 6 Aug. 2016.