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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Sphaeralcea parvifolia - small-flowered globe mallow

Other Common Names: littleleaf globemallow
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Malvaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Small-flowered globe mallow can grow to 3 feet tall. Its orange-red flowers grow along a straight elongated cluster up to 18 inches long. The small grayish-green leaves have extremely wavy margins and the upper surface has deep veins.
Identification notes: Perennial with large roots, woody base. Leaf blades about as wide as long, shallowly lobed; hairs gray or whitish. Fruit hemispheric. Flowers orangish-red on relatively dense many-flowered stems. Fruits more than half as wide as high, walls thick.
Height: 3 feet


Habitat Description: Hot, dry, open areas in semi-desert, foothills and woodlands.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 4000 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Orange-red     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Cup-shaped orange-red flowers to 1 inch wide have 5 heart-shaped petals surrounding yellow anthers.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are thick, broadly triangular, wavy-edged and shallowly three-lobed to 1-1/2 inches long. The upper surfaces have white glands and deep veins.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Tan   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Fruits hemispherical, with 9 to 12 divisions (carpels).

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