Fendlerbush (Cliff Fendlerbush; False Mockorange)
Family: Saxifragaceae – Saxifrage Family
Shrubs; 3' to 7' (1 to 2 m) tall
Leaves: deciduous; opposite; simple; entire; 0.36” to 1.2” (9 to 30 mm) long, 0.08” to 0.28” (2 to 7 mm) wide
Flowers: 4 white clawed petals; 4 sepals; 8 stamens; 4 styles; perfect; petals 0.52” to 0.8” (13 to 20 mm) long
Pollinators: other genera in this family are pollinated by insects
Blooms in Arches National Park: April, May
Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities
Location seen: across Hwy. 191 from Visitor Center, Panorama Bluffs, Fiery Furnace, Devils Garden, outside Arches National Park in upper Mill creek, outside Arches National Park on Hwy. 128
Other: The genus name, “Fendlera”, 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. The species name, “rupicola”, means “growing on rocks” and describes the plant's habit of growing in rocky areas.
Did You Know?
Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals at Arches. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. This odd dance might enhance their stereoscopic vision, helping them see what's looking back at them.