• South Window

    Arches

    National Park Utah

Viscid Rabbitbrush (Low Rabbitbrush)

Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus

Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus

Family: Asteraceae (A Utah Flora – Compositae) – Sunflower Family

Shrubs; 8” to 3.3' (2 to 10 dm) tall

Leaves: alternate; simple; entire; 0.12” to 2.4” (0.3 to 6 cm) long, 0.02” to 0.4” (0.5 to 10 mm) wide

Flowers: discoid; 2 to 10 yellow disk flowers; flower head appears to be a single flower, but is composed of several flowers (a composite). Flowers are perfect, fertile; 0.15” to 0.24” (3.8 to 6 mm) long

Pollinators: insects

Fruits: achene – 1 seeded with hard shell

Blooms in Arches National Park: June, July, August, September, October, November

Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub, grassland and pinyon-juniper communities

Location seen: Courthouse Towers, Windows, Fiery Furnace parking lot, Salt Valley, park road mile 16, Devils Garden, Devils Garden campground

Other: The genus name, “Chrysothamnus”, is from the Greek “chrysos” meaning “golden” and “thamos” meaning “a shrub”. The species name, “viscidiflorus”, means “sticky 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

Did You Know?

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park, measuring 306 feet from base to base. In 1991, a massive slab of rock fell from its underside, resulting in an even thinner ribbon of rock.