Chuparosa is a colloquial term for hummingbird. It is also the common name for this plant. So is this post about a hummingbird or a plant? You decide.
What we have here is a young male Costa’s Hummingbird hovering by a hummingbird bush. This low bushy plant grows in dry, hot regions in sand or in rocky desert soils. For a short time it bears succulent leaves. It loses its leaves and the produces tubular flowers.
On a quirky side topic, as I was looking into this plant I had a little attention stuck on “Chuparosa” and how this got entangled with hummingbird. It makes total sense that this would be called Chuparosa, but what does Chuparosa mean? It stumped my Spanish translator. Okay. I can accept that…but like sod behind a tractor pulling a plow, it kept turning over in my mine.
“Chuparosa”. “Chupa…rosa”. “Ah! Like Chupacabra! The goat sucking beast! Chupa translates to “it sucks”, meaning it generates a low pressure in its mouth drawing in fluids, not a an expression of dissatisfaction with its character. Rosa means pink and it also means rose.
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