If you follow my instagram then you were inundated with photos from my backcountry camping trip to Joshua Tree. I ended up snapping hundreds of photos during the three day trip so it has taken me quite a while to go through them all. Some of my favorite photos / memories of the trip involve the Ocotillo.
Understandably, the beautiful plant also goes by the name Desert Coral. While it isn't actually a cactus, the green stems are covered with big spikes that protect the flowers from animals.
My favorite thing about the ocotillo is that they are often found by themselves in open, rocky slopes or washes. Since they are typically about 20 feet fall, they really stand out in the dry deserts of the Southwest.