Sphaeralcea rusbyi A. Gray -- Description
Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 22(2): 293. 1887. Rusby's globemallow, cutleaf globemallow. From Henry Hurd Rusby, 1855-1940.
Plants: Perennia subshrubs, sparsely pubescent except in new growth and calyces.
Stems: To 80 cm, usually more than 40 cm in maturity.
Leaves: Parted to divided, with secondary branching in lobes, about as long as wide to 1.3 times as long as wide.
Inflorescences: Usually somewhat sparsely flowered, often 3 or more flowers per node, with branches below or throughout.
Flowers: Orange, anthers dark purple.
Fruit/Carpels: Carpels with dehiscent part as wide or wider than indehiscent part, comprising 1/3 or more of the whole.
Distribution and Habitat
Arizona, near and above the Mogollon Rim, southeastern California, and southern Utah, from (600-) 1,200-2,400 (-2600) meters. S. rusbyi occurs mostly on slopes, both on igneous and sedimentary substrates. Plants collected in California south of Las Vegas are mostly reported to be on calcareous substrates.