Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
Subshrubs; 0.8” to 3.2” (2 to 8 cm) tall
Leaves: alternate and basal; simple; 0.2” to 0.6” (5 to 15 mm) long, 0.04” to 0.12” (1 to 3 mm) wide; woolly with hairs
Flowers: 0 petals; 3-6 sepals, usually 5 or 3+3, petaloid; 2-9 stamens in 2 series; 1 pistil; small flowers in clusters; flowers white to pink or rose; flowers 0.08” to 0.16” (2 to 4 mm) long
Pollinators: other Eriogonum species are pollinated by bees
Blooms in Arches National Park: late April, May, June
Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub, pinyon-juniper and grassland communities; often in sand
Location seen: Windows primitive trail, Salt Valley
Other: The genus name, “Eriogonum”, means “woolly knee” and refers to the hairs located at the swollen joints of many species of this genus. The species name, “bicolor ”, means “of two colors”.
This plant is endemic to Carbon, Emery, Garfield, Grand (the type specimen was collected in Thompson Springs), San Juan, Sevier, and Wayne Counties in Utah.
This family's scientific name, “Polygonaceae”, is derived from the Greek words “poly” which means "many" and "goni" which means "joint", a reference to many species that have swollen nodes or joints.
Did You Know?
Pinyon trees do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new trees instead of a quick meal.