Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 10502 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Lygodesmia grandiflora (Nutt.) Torr. & Gray
Infraspecific    var. arizonica (S. Tomb) S.L. Welsh
Common name   Arizona skeleton plant
D.M. Barnes   4417  
Coll. Date 17 May 2005 
Geography United States.  Utah.  San Juan County
Locality Valley of the Gods. 
Elev.: 4474 ft. (1364 m.)
Habitat Notes Entrada Formation, sandy soil of wash area. 
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 37° 14'  44.3" N, 109° 49'  1.4" W
Datum WGS84 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Lygodesmia arizonica S. Tomb

     Lygodesmia grandiflora var. arizonica (S. Tomb) Welsh

Common Name(s): Arizona skeletonplant.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=503618, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Asteridae
                            Order: Asterales
                                Family: Asteraceae
                                    Genus: Lygodesmia
                                        Species: Lygodesmia arizonica


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
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Images of other samples of the same species:
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Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
10491 Asclepias macrosperma      "bigseed milkweed" 44 ft. SW
10486 Astragalus fucatus      "Hopi milkvetch" 44 ft. SW
10494 Chamaesyce fendleri      "Fendler's sandmat" 44 ft. SW
10509 Delphinium andersonii  var. scaposum   "leafless larkspur" 44 ft. SW
10501 Eremocrinum albomarginatum      "Utah solitaire lily" 44 ft. SW
10499 Erigeron bellidiastrum      "western fleabane daisy" 44 ft. SW
10500 Eriogonum wetherillii      "Wetherill's wild buckwheat" 44 ft. SW
10493 Gaillardia pinnatifida      "Hopi blanketflower" 44 ft. SW
10489 Ipomopsis gunnisonii      "Gunnison's gilia" 44 ft. SW
10498 Ipomopsis polycladon      "spreading gilia" 44 ft. SW
10523 Linum aristatum      "bristle flax" 44 ft. SW
10490 Lupinus pusillus  var. rubens  44 ft. SW
10507 Malacothrix sonchoides      "sowthistle desert-dandelion" 44 ft. SW
10492 Mentzelia multiflora      "Adonis blazingstar" 44 ft. SW
10497 Oenothera albicaulis      "prairie evening primrose" 44 ft. SW
10522 Psoralidium junceum      "rush lemonweed" 44 ft. SW
10508 Sphaeralcea moorei      "Moore's globemallow" 44 ft. SW
10496 Thelesperma subnudum  var. subnudum   "Navajo tea greenthread" 44 ft. SW
10495 Townsendia annua      "annual Townsend-daisy" 44 ft. SW


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Seven Sailors (Pillar) San Juan County, UT 2261 ft. W 4567  Mexican Hat 
West Fork Lime Creek (Stream) San Juan County, UT 0.9 mi. S   Cedar Mesa South 
Flag Butte (Summit) San Juan County, UT 1.2 mi. S 4469  Mexican Hat 
Devils Window (Gap) San Juan County, UT 1.5 mi. SW 4439  Mexican Hat 
Scotchman Butte (Summit) San Juan County, UT 1.6 mi. SW 4777  Mexican Hat 
Valley of the Gods (Basin) San Juan County, UT 1.7 mi. N 4656  Cigarette Spring Cave 
Setting Hen Butte (Summit) San Juan County, UT 1.9 mi. N 4810  Cigarette Spring Cave 
Rooster Butte (Summit) San Juan County, UT 2.1 mi. N 4882  Cigarette Spring Cave 
Sugarloaf (Summit) San Juan County, UT 2.5 mi. SE 5502  Mexican Hat 
Franklin Butte (Summit) San Juan County, UT 2.9 mi. N 4954  Cigarette Spring Cave 
Pyramid Peak (Summit) San Juan County, UT 3.4 mi. N 4876  Cigarette Spring Cave 
Battleship Rock (Summit) San Juan County, UT 3.4 mi. N 5164  Cigarette Spring Cave 
Soda Basin (Basin) San Juan County, UT 3.8 mi. S 4157  Mexican Hat 
Raplee Ridge (Ridge) San Juan County, UT 4 mi. S 5079  Mexican Hat 
The Narrows (Valley) San Juan County, UT 4 mi. S   Mexican Hat 
Ledge Rapids (Rapids) San Juan County, UT 4.3 mi. S 4124  Mexican Hat 
Soda Spring (historical) (Spring) San Juan County, UT 4.4 mi. S 4216  Mexican Hat 
Lime Creek (Stream) San Juan County, UT 4.4 mi. S   Cedar Mesa North 
San Juan Canyon (Valley) San Juan County, UT 4.5 mi. S   San Juan Hill 
Eight Foot Rapids (Rapids) San Juan County, UT 4.5 mi. S 4272  Mexican Hat 


Taxon Links for species Lygodesmia grandiflora  (Nutt.) Torr. & Gray

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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