Wolfe Ranch/Delicate Arch Viewpoint Road Closed
Due to flash flooding in Salt and Winter Camp Washes, the Delicate Arch Road is currently inaccessible.
Extreme Fire Danger
Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Southeast Utah. More »
Family: Asteraceae (A UtahFlora – Compositae) – Sunflower Family
Shrubs; 7.9” to 9.8' (2 to 30 dm) tall
Leaves: alternate; simple; entire; 0.24” to 4” (0.6 to 10 cm) long, 0.02” to 0.4” (0.5 to 10 mm) wide
Flowers: discoid; 2 to10 yellow disk flowers; flower head appears to be a single flower, but is composed of several flowers (a composite). Flowers are perfect, fertile; 0.24” to 0.48” (6 to 12 mm) long
Fruits: achene – 1 seeded with hard shell
Blooms in ArchesNational Park: June, July, August, September, October, November
Habitat in ArchesNational Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities; thrives in alkali and heavy clay, or in sandy, gravelly soils
Location seen:CourthouseTowers, Windows, Fiery Furnace parking lot, SaltValley, park road mile 16, DevilsGarden, DevilsGarden campground
Other: The genus name, “Chrysothamnus”, is from the Greek “chrysos” meaning “golden” and “thamos” meaning “a shrub”. The species name, “nauseosus”, means “heavy-scented” referring to the smell of the leaves and the flowers.
This family is the most advanced and complex of the dicots. The family is rich in oils and resins and is found in every part of the world, but is infrequent in the tropical rainforest. Aquatic or semi-aquatic species are also uncommon.
Did You Know?
Nearly 96% of Arches is recommended for wilderness designation. Though the recommendation has not been approved by Congress, the park is required to manage those 73,312 acres as though they were formally designated wilderness. More...