Bouvardia ternifolia  Trumpetilla
SUBSHRUB.  Semi-woody stems have oval, pointed, opposite leaves with prominent veins.  Narrow tubular bright red flowers are borne in tight clusters at stem tips.  Flowers have four short, flaring, pointed lobes.  Two-lobed seed capsules are dry and woody.  This is a common summer wildflower in Madrean woodland and oak grassland.  The Empires are mostly lower and drier than its preferred habitat, so it is restricted to a few encinal sites under Mexican blue oaks among granite tors.
FAMILY:  Rubiaceae (Madder Family)