Sphaeralcea fendleri A. Gray -- Description
Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge 3(5): 21–22. 1852. Fendler's globemallow, thicket globemallow. After August(us) Fendler, 1813-1883.
Plants: Perennial subshrubs.
Stems: To 140 cm
Roots: Taprooted, branching below ground, rootstocks.
Leaves: Cleft to parted, cuneate to truncate, lobes often rounded
Inflorescences: Narrow, crowded,
Flowers: Orange or lavender.
Fruit/Carpels: Carpel reticulation usually indistinct, carpels usually mucronate, reticulate portion less than 2/3 of whole
Distribution and Habitat
Arizona, New Mexico, far western Texas, southern Colorado, northern Sonora, and northern Chihuahua. S. fendleri is mostly a plant of slopes and woodlands, although it can sometimes be found in basin alluviums with little slope. In Arizona it occurs on Petran Montane Conifer Forest, Madrean evergreen woodland, Great Basin conifer woodland, Great Basin desertscrub, and Plains and Great Basin grassland. It grows on various substrates, both sedimentary and igneous.
Stems of large plants sometimes have many branches almost in a single plane, imparting a candelabra look.