I cannot recall the name of this plant - and I guess I am too lazy to find it on the web. Most of the year it looks like a dead stick or a clump of dead sticks. If the rains are sufficient it will bloom briefly in the spring. Most of the stick will grow these bright red flowers and the rest of the plant will get a green covering similar to the red, close to the branch and temporary. It was a bit past the peak when we saw these are the Saguaro National Park.
Reminds me of the passage in Exodus three: "There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up." NLT