a spiny, desert candlewood (Fouquieria splendens) with scarlet flowers, found in the SW U.S.
Origin of ocotilloAmSp, diminutive of ocote, Mexican pine ; from Nahuatl oco?, pine
designating a family (Fouquieriaceae, order Violales) of dicotyledonous desert shrubs and trees, including the candlewoods
A shrub (Fouquieria splendens) of Mexico and the southwest United States, having long spiny stems and clusters of scarlet tubular flowers.
Origin of ocotilloAmerican Spanish, diminutive of ocote, a Mexican pine, from Nahuatl ocotl, pitch pine.
From American Spanish ocotillo, from ocote.