Caprifoliaceae Symphoricarpos longiflorus

Symphoricarpos longiflorus

Symphoricarpos longiflorus

Family: Caprifoliaceae – Honeysuckle Family

Symphoricarpos longiflorus is the only species from this family represented at Arches National Park.

Shrubs; 1.65' to 3.3' (0.5 to 1 m) tall

Leaves: opposite; simple; 0.24” to 1” (6 to 25 mm) long, 0.08” to 0.36” (2 to 9 mm) wide

Flowers: 5 lobed salverform pink petals which flare open at the mouth; 5 lobed sepals; 4 or 5 stamens; flowers solitary or in pairs; 0.4” to 0.72” (10 to 18 mm) long

Pollinators: other Symphoricarpos species are pollinated by bees and hummingbirds

Fruits: 2 seeded white berry

Blooms in Arches National Park: April, May, June

Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub, pinyon-juniper, grassland and hanging garden communities

Location seen: upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint

Other: The genus name, “Symphoricarpos”, comes from the Greek “symphorein” meaning “borne together” and “karpos” meaning “fruit” referring to the closely clustered berries. The species name, “longiflorus”, means “long flower.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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