-- var. stansburiana)
A shrub, four or five feet tall, which grows on dry rocky hillsides
among sagebrush. The very fragrant flowers have 5 white petals and
many conspicuous yellow stamens. The blossoms are almost an inch
across. They bloom all through the spring and summer.
Each blossom has many stamens, and 4 to 10 pistils. Each pistil
matures into a seed with a long feathery tail.
This plant was first collected on Stansbury Island in the Great
Salt Lake in 1849.
Some botanists now classify this plant as
and believe it to be a hybrid between
bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) and the
Mexican cliffrose (formerly Cowania mexicana, but now classified as
by Sandra Bray
Along Utah Highway 236
Utah County, Utah