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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia - gooseberryleaf globemallow

Other Common Names: Curlyleaf globemallow
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Malvaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Clumps of erect stems with woody bases. The root system is large with a stout taproot and fibrous root network.
Identification notes: Inflorescence (flowering part of the plant) relatively many-flowered; middle lobe of leaf blades mostly 3/8 to 3/4 inches wide. Leaf blades palmately cleft, divided or parted. Fruit hemispheric (shaped like half of a sphere) or nearly so.
Height: 12 to 24 inches


Habitat Description: Dry volcanic and/or alkaline and/or sandy soils.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3500 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Orange-red     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Jul
Description: Flowers are 5 petaled and in tight bunches.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green to gray-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Palmate     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaves have 3 lobed blades with toothed or lobed edges.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Gray   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Fruit is a depressed circle containing 1 to 3 seeds.
Seed Notes: Seeds are gray and hairy.

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