Showy Stoneseed (Puccoon; Fringed Gromwell)
Family: Boraginaceae – Borage Family
Perennial herbs from a taproot; stems 3.9” to 1.6' (1 to 5 dm) tall
Leaves: alternate; simple; hairy; linear; entire margins; 0.4” to 2” (10 to 50 mm) long
Flowers: 5 united yellow tubular trumpet-shaped petals with wavy lobes; 5 sepals; 5 stamens; 2 carpels; flowers in racemes; bisexual; flowers 0.4” to 1.2” (10 to 30 mm) long
Fruits: 4 nutlets
Blooms in Arches National Park: March, April, May
Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities
Location seen: Fiery Furnace
Other: The genus name, “Lithospermum”, means “stone seed” which refers to the hard nutlet. The species name, “incisum”, means “somewhat cut or toothed” which refers to the lobes of the flower.
The classification of this family is based primarily upon the structure of the fruit.
Did You Know?
The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Arches and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...