• Double O Arch

    Arches

    National Park Utah

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Fendler's Sandwort

Arenaria fendleri

Arenaria fendleri

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

Fruits: capsule

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?

Detail of petroglyph panel

Native Americans never inhabited Arches on a year-round basis, though they certainly roamed the area searching for wild game, useful plants and rocks for tool-making. Petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch are thought to have been created by Indians from the Ute/Paiute cultures. More...