Delicate Arch Viewpoint Inaccessible
Wolfe Ranch and the hiking trail to Delicate Arch are open, but flood waters and mud have blocked the road to Delicate Arch Viewpoint.
Safety in Bear Country
Black bears have been seen near Devils Garden Campground. Don't lure or feed them. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles; don't leave it in bags or other soft containers. Store food in vehicles or hard containers when not being prepared or consumed.
Dogbane (Indian Hemp)
Family: Apocynaceae - Dogbane Family
Perennial herbs; stems 11.8” to 3' (3 to 9 dm) tall
Leaves: opposite or whorled; 0.8” to 5.6” (2 to 14 cm) long, 0.4” to 2.8” (1 to 7 cm) wide; can have hairs
Flowers: flowers in cymes; 5 white to greenish petals; corolla 0.12” to 0.24” (3 to 6 mm) long; 5 sepals
Pollinators: moths and butterflies
Fruits: 2 follicles
Blooms in Arches National Park: May, June
Habitat in Arches National Park: riparian areas near Wolfe Ranch
Location seen: Roadsides, riparian, and disturbed areas
Other: The genus name “Apocynum” is from the Greek “apo” which means "away from" and “kyon” or “kunos” which means "dog". This is in reference to the plant's ancient use as a dog poison. The species name, “cannabinum” means “hemp-like”.
Did You Know?
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