Sphaeralcea fendleri

A. Gray

Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. 3(5): 21. 1852.

Common names: Fendler’s globemallow
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 363. Mentioned on page 359.

Plants perennial. Stems erect or ascending, usually gray to gray-green or green, sometimes purple to black, (2–)4–7(–10) dm, sparsely to densely canescent or hirsute. Leaf blades green or gray to gray-green, lanceolate to triangular, shallowly to deeply 3-lobed, (1.5–)3–7 cm, not rugose, base truncate to cuneate, margins crenate to dentate, surfaces hirsute or sparsely to densely stellate soft-pubescent. Inflorescences paniculate, narrow, usually crowded, tip leafy or not; involucellar bractlets green to tan. Flowers: sepals 4.5–6(–9) mm; petals red-orange or lavender, 8–13 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps cylindric to conic; mericarps 9–16, 4–5.5 × 2–2.5 mm, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 70–80% of height, tip reflexed and cuspidate, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part, sides faintly, very finely reticulate, tips reflexed. Seeds 2 per mericarp, black, pubescent.


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Ariz., Colo., Kans., N.Mex., n Mexico.


Varieties 3 (3 in the flora).

Selected References



1 Leaf blade surfaces distinctly hirsute Sphaeralcea fendleri var. venusta
1 Leaf blade surfaces soft-pubescent or sparsely pubescent > 2
2 Leaf blade surfaces sparsely pubescent, appearing green; petals red-orange. Sphaeralcea fendleri var. fendleri
2 Leaf blade surfaces densely soft white-pubescent; petals usually lavender. Sphaeralcea fendleri var. albescens