Plant Species of the South Kaibab Trail:
, Fendlerella utahensis
See Plant Guide to South Kaibab Trail for an introduction to this page, especially the Introduction To These Species Pages.
Identification status: 100%. This is an easy shrub to key out, even with just flower remnants and even if you can't guess the family.
Keying using the McDougall Family key:1 Woody plant 2' Stems not climbing or trailing 5' Plants with green leaves 8d Leaves large 11' Leaves net-veined; flower parts in 5's 13' Flowers not in heads surrounded by an involucre 14' Leaves simple 31b Leaves opposite 33' Plants growing in soil 34c Leaf margins entire 41' Flowers regular 45' Petals distinct 46' Flowers small, not showy 48' Leaves narrowly elliptic 50' Fruit not winged 51 Flowers with petals 52c Stamens 10; leaves less than 1 inch long ... Fendlerella utahensis
From a SEINet search on 30 August 2008, there are 43 vouchers of this species from the Coconino County portion of the Grand Canyon, including four from this trail. The closest vouchers are at: Crevice along S Kaibab Trail above Cedar Ridge at 5500 feet elevation; and base of Redwall at "6300 feet elevation" (which is inconsistent with a location at the base of the Redwall). Note that there may be additional vouchers at other herbaria not available through SEINet.
First occurrence on South Kaibab Trail: mile 0.00, elevation 7200 feet (2195 m).
Number of plants along Trail: Only a single just-off-trail plant was found in August 2008. More might be found when this species is in bloom in the spring.
From 23 and 24 August 2008, mile 0.00:
Oddly, moss was almost completely covering the ground under this plant:
Plant in full Bloom, from USDA Plants
Vouchers from Utah Valley State College Herbarium
Copyright © 2008 by Tom Chester.
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Last Update: 30 August 2008