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Construction Update - 11/25/2013
Construction work continues at the Devils Garden parking lot, limiting parking and causing occasional delays. Visitors can avoid the area by turning around at Sand Dune Arch. More »
Family: Caryophyllaceae - Pink Family
Perennial herbs; stems 0.8” to 9.8” (0.2 to 2.5 dm) tall
Leaves: opposite; linear; basal leaves 0.12” to 4.4” (0.3 to 11 cm) long; pungent; cauline leaves mainly in 2 to 6 pairs
Flowers: 5 white to brown or pinkish red to purple petals; petals 0.2” to 0.32” (5 to 8 mm) long; 5 sepals, greenish or suffed with purple; stamens usually 10; styles usually 3
Pollinators: other species in this genera are pollinated by insects
Blooms in Arches National Park: May, June
Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities
Location seen: Windows, Delicate Arch trail
Other: The genus name, “Arenaria”, means “growing in sandy places” and the species name, “fendleri” honors Augustus Wilhelm Fendler (1813-1883), a Prussian botanist who collected plant specimens in North America, Central America, South America, Prussia and Trinidad. Many of his American Southwest specimens were collected for botanist Asa Gray.
Did You Know?
Feeding wildlife can be very detrimental to their health. It can destroy their natural ability to find food and create a dependency on humans. Animals that develop such a dependency often become aggressive toward humans and must be relocated or even killed.