Sphaeralcea fumariensis

(S. L. Welsh & N. D. Atwood) N. D. Atwood & S. L. Welsh

Novon 12: 160. 2002.

Common names: Smoky Mountain globemallow
Basionym: Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia var. fumariensis S. L. Welsh & N. D. Atwood Rhodora 103: 82, fig. 4. 2001
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 364. Mentioned on page 359, 365.

Plants perennial. Stems ascending, gray-green, red-purple basally, 2–5.5 dm, pubescent. Leaf blades gray-green, cordate, pedately divided with usually 5 main lobes, 1–4.5 cm, not rugose, base cordate to truncate, margins entire, surfaces densely stellate-pubescent. Inflorescences paniculate, crowded, tip not leafy; involucellar bractlets reddish. Flowers: sepals 7.5–12 mm; petals red-orange, 12–17 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps hemispheric; mericarps 10–14, 3–4 × 2–3 mm, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 50–65% of height, tip rounded, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part, sides reticulate. Seeds 1(or 2) per mericarp, brown to black, glabrous or stellate-pubescent.

Phenology: Flowering May–Jun.
Habitat: Alluvium of mudstone, shale, and sandstone formations
Elevation: 1300–1700 m


Sphaeralcea fumariensis is similar to S. moorei but is notably gray-green pubescent in contrast to the less pubescent and green S. moorei. See 11. S. grossulariifolia for discussion. Sphaeralcea fumariensis is known from Kane County.

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Lower Taxa

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John La Duke +
(S. L. Welsh & N. D. Atwood) N. D. Atwood & S. L. Welsh +
Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia var. fumariensis +
Smoky Mountain globemallow +
1300–1700 m +
Alluvium of mudstone, shale, and sandstone formations +
Flowering May–Jun. +
Mallow +
Sphaeralcea fumariensis +
Sphaeralcea +
species +