Zuckia brandegei var. brandegei
Synonym: Grayia brandegei; Grayia brandegeei
Family: Chenopodiaceae – Goosefoot Family
Woody shrubs or subshrubs; 3.9” to 1.6' (1 to 5 dm) tall; branches not thorny
Leaves: alternate; simple; grey or bluish; entire or lobed; can have hairs; 0.52” to 3.2” (13 to 80 mm) long, 0.6” to 1.7” (15 to 42 mm) wide
Flowers: 0 petals; 4 or 5 lobed sepals; 1 pistil; 2 stigmas; 4 or 5 stamens; greenish, small and inconspicuous; dioecious, or less commonly monoecious; unisexual; male (staminate) flowers 0.06” to 0.07” (1.5 to 1.8 mm) long, 2 to 5 flowers in clusters; female (pistillate) flowers 1 to several per bract
Pollinators: other genera in this family are pollinated by wind
Fruits: utricles – small 1 seeded fruit with a thin wall; large number of seeds that persist
Blooms in Arches National Park: April, May
Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub communities in fine-textured substrates, often saline and seleniferous, on the Morrison Formation, Summerville Formation, Entrada Sandstone, Chinle Formation, Moenkopi Formation and Cutler Formation
Location seen: Devils Garden
Other: The genus name, “Zuckia”, honors Myrtle Zuck. The species name, “brandegei”, honors Townshend Stith Brandegee (1843-1925) and/or Dr. Mary Katherine (Layne, Curran) Brandegee (1844-1920), pioneer western botanists. The genus name, "Grayia" is named for Asa Gray (1810-1888), a distinguished American botanist and professor at Harvard University.
Plants in this family are generally weedy, but beets and spinach are members of this family. The family is called the goosefoot family because the leaf shape may look like a goose's foot.