, known also as Wyoming Indian paintbrush. Scattered throughout the state of Utah, in very diverse habitats and elevations. Found in similar sandy soils in nearby southeastern Utah national parks, but relatively uncommon in those environments. There are a number of interesting associated species here. One in particular is the almost Yucca-like juvenile plants which actually represent a species of Frasera
, (or Swertia
) in the Gentian family, and is almost certainly F. paniculata
(syn. F. utahensis
and also Swertia utahensis
; common names include Utah swertia, Tufted frasera and Utah elkweed), which has these neat white-margined, folded and curved undulating basal leaves. Unlike Yuccas however they are not filamentous. Other plants in flower depicted here at this late point in the season at lower right: the white-flowering plant/shrub is probably Eriogonum corymbosum
. The yellow flowering plant is most likely Chrysopis villosa
. This particular area was behind a fence so this was as about as close as I could get, peering through the fence. Sept. 1, 2011, vicinity of Wilson Arch, northwestern San Juan County, Utah, approx. 6,070 ft. elev.