Our local botanist friend took us to a location where Desert five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia) grows. We found a number of plants, but none of them were open…yet. We’ve gone back twice only to discover that the flowers close at night and open later in the day (not at sunrise, which is when we prefer to go for the best light). What is that called, when a flower opens and closes?

The leaves also move during the day with the sun. What is that called when plants do that?

Also, it may still be a little early in the season for the flowers to fully open. Even if they keep teasing us with their slightly open buds. When will they open?

So many questions…