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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Sphaeralcea fendleri - Fendler's globemallow

Other Common Names: thicket globemallow
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Malvaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Sphaeralcea ambigua
General Desc: Many branched, upright sub-shrub.
Identification notes: Short, soft hairs are gray or whitish; leaf blades much longer than wide, often cut or split about half-way to the middle or base; lateral lobes triangular and often tapering to a point.
Height: To 4 feet


Habitat Description: Sandy, rocky or loamy soils in open sunny or shady areas.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 2800 - 7100 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pinkish-purple to orange     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Sep
Description: Flowers, on tall slender stalks, have 5 broad, notched petals. Petals are held almost flat and are green at their base.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Dissected     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves have deeply veined; may vary from deeply dissected to shallowly lobed. Stems are somewhat woody.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Fruit is pie-shaped and split into segments.
Seed Notes: Seeds are kidney-shaped.

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