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Zion National Park

Flora >> Plants
plants includes:

Cacti / Desert Succulents
Ferns
Grasses
Trees and Shrubs
Wildflowers


Located on the Colorado Plateau, but bordering the Basin and Range Province, Zion is home to plants from both regions. Sedimentation, uplift, and erosion have resulted in elevations ranging from 3600 to 8700 feet. The unique geology of massive cliff walls has created such diverse environments as: deserts, canyons, slickrock, hanging gardens, riparian, and high plateaus.

Cacti / Desert Succulents

Cactus Family (Cactaceae)
Claret cup - Echinocereus triglochidiatus
Purple torch - Echinocereus engelmannii
Engelmann prickly-pear - Opuntia phaeacantha
Utah beavertail - Opuntia basilaris aurea
Dollarjoint cactus - Opuntia chlorotica
Cliff prickly-pear/old man - Opuntia erinacea
Whipple cholla - Opuntia whipplei
Golden/Silver cholla Opuntia

Ferns

Fern Family (Polypodiaceae)
Little ebony spleenwort - Asplenium resiliens (Rare)
Black spleenwort - Asplenium adiantum-nigrum (Rare)
Southern maidenhair - Adiantum capillus-veneris (Common)
Birdfoot maidenhair - Adiantum pedatum (Rare)
Goldfern - Pityrogramma triangularis (Rare)
Spiny cliffbrake - Pellaea truncata
Purple cliffbrake - Pellaea glabella
Slender lipfern - Cheilanthes feei
Coville lipfern - Cheilanthes covillei
Brittle bladderfern - Cystopteris fragilis (Common)
Bulblet bladderfern - Cystopteris bulbifera
Bracken - Pteridium aquilinum pubescens
Male fern - Dryopteris filix-mas
Western hollyfern - Polystichum scopulinum (Rare)
Western polypody - Polypodium hesperium

Horsetail/Souringrush Family (Equisetaceae)
Common/Meadow horsetail - Equisetum arvense (Common)
Common scouringrush - Equisetem hyemale (Common)
Smooth scouringrush - Equisetern laevigatum (Common)

Spikemoss Family (Selaginellaceae)
Underwood spikemoss - Selaginella underwoodii
Utah/Zion spikemoss - Selaginella utahensis

Grasses

Trees & Shrubs

Wildflower List

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