Adjacent to upper Sycamore Creek, Mazatzal Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. September 2013.
Ripe fruit observed in Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mts., Arizona. July 30, 2013.
SHRUB: Evergreen shrub up to 3 m tall. Woody branches with
smooth red bark.
Ericaceae -- Heather Family
This flower has a neat little hole cut into the side of the urn-shaped corolla. A bee made it to get at the nectar in the base. The tongue-like mouthparts of many bees are simply not long enough to reach into the open top. By robbing the nectar this way the bees are bypassing the pollination mechanism.
Manzanita Gall Aphid
Bright red galls on leaves of Manzanita contain aphids in the genus Tamalia. More ...
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons