Fendlera rupicola var. wrightii 


Fendlerbush or Wright's Fendlerbush - Fendlera rupicola var. wrightii
 Railroad Canyon, Black Range, New Mexico
May 2014 

The Wright’s Fendlerbush (Fendlera rupicola var. wrightii) shown here was growing on a very rocky slope.  It was used by some of the Native Peoples, especially the Navajo as a medical  remedy (as a cathartic, to kill head lice, etc.) and in religious ceremonies.  Some authorities (B. L. Turner) consider this subspecies to be a full species.  The (unsplit) species has a fairly limited range in the U. S. (see BONAP map right).  In Mexico, it is found in the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Sonora.

Photographs immediately above and below from Railroad Canyon, June 9, 1919.

Trail 135, Black Range, New Mexico
May 18, 2020
Photograph above and two below

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