Prince's Plume

Genus Stanleya
Mustard Family (Brassicaceae/Cruciferae)





Prince's Plume
   Photograph by Sandra Bray


Prince's Plume
(Stanleya pinnata)


This plant grows 2 or 3 feet tall, usually with several flower stalks from a single root base. Each flower is about an inch long, and the stamens extend even further. Many flowers grow on each stalk, giving the plant a plume-like appearance.
The plants grow in soil which is rich in selenium, which accumulates in the plant tissue. This makes them toxic to livestock.
The plant is named for Lord Edward Stanley (1755-1851), who was president of the Linnaean and Zoological Societies of London.


Prince's Plume
   Photograph by Sandra Bray






Near Capitol Reef N.P.
Wayne County, Utah


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Photographed
by Sandra Bray