The second design in the botanical illustration series of desert flowers: Nemacladus rubescens. This tiny flower sure does pack a punch!
There is SO much going on with this little flower. Just check out the Jepson Herbarium’s description of Nemacladus Rubescens.
While they are not “rare,” due to their size, they are hard to find. A great resource for locating California native plants is Calflora, which shows the distribution of Nemacladus Rubescens based on observations.
For amazing macro shots of Nemacladus and illustrations of its anatomy, check out (the appropriately subtitled) Minute Beautiful Wildflowers That Are Difficult To Photograph. The same website provides a possible explanation of the “glistening cells” that are so distinctive to Nemcladus. Possibly to attract insects, as seen by these bees and wasps.
But wait, there’s more! More photographs from a different siting location, Henderson Canyon. And then there are watercolor botanical illustrations of three species of Nemacladus, including rubescens. And multiple species of Nemacladus on Tom Chester’s website.