Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 17900 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Mortonia scabrella A. Gray
Common name   Rio Grande saddlebush
R. Van Buren   1769  
   with J. Cooper
Coll. Date 16 April 2010 
United States
Mohave County
Locality Virgin River Gorge, south side, along I-15;
     Elev.: 2083 ft. (635 m.)
Latitude Longitude 36° 55'  4.74" N, 113° 50'  59.34" 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.
Voucher Voucher for "Woody Plants of Utah" by R. Van Buren, K.T. Harper, J. Cooper 
Specimen Notes Journal Code: L10S2. 


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

     Mortonia scabrella Gray

Common Name(s): Rio Grande saddlebush.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=517325, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Rosidae
                            Order: Celastrales
                                Family: Celastraceae
                                    Genus: Mortonia
                                        Species: Mortonia scabrella


Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 02629s1.jpg 
specimen image: 11359d1.jpg 
specimen image: 11359c1.jpg 
specimen image: 11359s1.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
11990 Allionia incarnata      "trailing windmills" 2.2 mi. NW
04181 Anemone tuberosa      "desert windflower" same section
05592 Bebbia juncea  var. aspera   "sweetbush" 1.2 mi. NW
11980 Bebbia juncea  var. aspera   "sweetbush" 1.9 mi. NW
05591 Brickellia atractyloides      "spearleaf brickellbush" 1.2 mi. NW
10054 Candelariella rosulans      "eggyolk lichen" 1.4 mi. NW
02669 Cercis occidentalis     2.2 mi. NW
03985 Chilopsis linearis      "desert willow" 1.9 mi. NW
11974 Chilopsis linearis      "desert willow" 1.9 mi. NW
11978 Dasyochloa pulchella      "desert fluffgrass" 1.9 mi. NW
11991 Eriogonum fusiforme      "Grand Valley desert trumpet" 2.2 mi. NW
11979 Eriogonum heermannii  var. sulcatum   "Heermann's wild buckwheat" 1.9 mi. NW
05595 Eriogonum heermannii  var. sulcatum   "Heermann's wild buckwheat" 1.2 mi. NW
11975 Eriogonum insigne      "ladder wild buckwheat" 1.9 mi. NW
14461 Eucnide urens      "desert stingbush" 1629 ft. SW
11532 Eucnide urens      "desert stingbush" 1277 ft. SW
14463 Galium stellatum      "starry bedstraw" 1629 ft. SW
17899 Galium stellatum      "starry bedstraw" same section
11989 Gaura coccinea      "scarlet beeblossom" 2.2 mi. NW
11973 Mentzelia pterosperma      "winged-seed blazingstar" 1.9 mi. NW
14462 Penstemon petiolatus      "Sheep Range beardtongue" 1629 ft. SW
17902 Perityle tenella      "Springdale rockdaisy" 1331 ft. SW
04180 Petrophytum caespitosum      "rockmat" same section
10052 Pleopsidium flavum     1.4 mi. NW
04182 Salazaria mexicana      "Mexican bladdersage" same section
05593 Scopulophila rixfordii      "Rixford's rockwort" 1.2 mi. NW
17901 Scopulophila rixfordii      "Rixford's rockwort" same section
14601 Stephanomeria pauciflora      "brownplume wirelettuce" same section
11977 Thymophylla pentachaeta  var. belenidium   "five-needled pricklyleaf" 1.9 mi. NW
11976 Tiquilia canescens      "woody crinklemat" 1.9 mi. NW
10053 Xanthoparmelia mexicana      "Mexican xanthoparmelia lichen" 1.4 mi. NW


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

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
The Narrows (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 0.8 mi. W   Mountain Sheep Spring 
Sullivans Canyon (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 2.3 mi. NE   Mount Bangs 
Figure Four Canyon (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 2.5 mi. W   Mount Bangs 
Mountain Sheep Wash (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 3 mi. NE   Mount Bangs 
Castle Cliff Wash (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 3 mi. W   Jarvis Peak 
Hedricks Canyon (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 4.3 mi. SW   Mount Bangs 
Cedar Pockets Wash (Valley) Washington County, UT 4.4 mi. NE   Jarvis Peak 
Cedar Pockets Wash (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 4.4 mi. NE   Jarvis Peak 
Beaver Dam Wash (Stream) Lincoln County, NV 4.2 mi. W   Pine Park 
Beaver Dam Wash (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 4.2 mi. W   Pine Park 
Lost Spring (Spring) Mohave County, AZ 4.7 mi. SE 4062  Mount Bangs 
Frehner Canyon (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 5.2 mi. SW   Mount Bangs 
Mountain Sheep Spring (Spring) Mohave County, AZ 5 mi. SE 4662  Mountain Sheep Spring 
Littlefield (Populated Place) Mohave County, AZ 4.9 mi. SW 1854  Littlefield 
Boulder Canyon (Valley) Mohave County, AZ 6 mi. SW   Mount Bangs 


Taxon Links for species Mortonia scabrella  A. 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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