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?
Edward Abbey worked as a seasonal park ranger at Arches in the late 1950s. His 1968 memoir of this experience, "Desert Solitaire," has become a classic of desert literature.