Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia

(Hooker & Arnott) Rydberg

Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 40: 58. 1913.

Common names: Gooseberry-leaf or currant-leaf globemallow
Basionym: Sida grossulariifolia Hooker & Arnott Bot. Beechey Voy., 326. 1838 (as grossulariaefolia)
Synonyms: Malvastrum coccineum var. grossulariifolium (Hooker & Arnott) Torrey M. grossulariifolium (Hooker & Arnott) A. Gray Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia subsp. pedata (Torrey ex A. Gray) Kearney S. grossulariifolia var. pedata (Torrey ex A. Gray) Kearney S. pedata
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 365. Mentioned on page 359, 364, 367.

Plants perennial. Stems erect, green or purple, (2–)6–10 dm, white-canescent or glabrate. Leaf blades green to gray-green or yellow-green, broadly triangular, 3-lobed or pedately divided, tips rounded or acute, 1.7–3.5(–9) cm, not rugose, base cordate to truncate, margins dentate or crenate, surfaces stellate-pubescent. Inflorescences paniculate, crowded, flowers solitary or clustered, tip not leafy; involucellar bractlets green to tan. Flowers: sepals 5–8 mm; petals red-orange, 8–15 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps truncate-conic to spheric; mericarps 10–12, 2.5–3.5 × 2–2.5 mm, chartaceous, reticulate dehiscent part 60% of height, tip rounded-acute, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part. Seeds 1(or 2) per mericarp, gray or black, glabrous or pubescent. 2n = 20.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer.
Habitat: Dry, volcanic, rocky or sandy soil
Elevation: 100–2000 m


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Ariz., Idaho, Nev., N.Mex., Oreg., Utah, Wash.


Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia is variable and may include S. fumariensis, S. gierischii, and S. moorei. Material of the latter taxa is limited and although select specimens can be attributed to each, the full morphological range of S. grossulariifolia can readily include these other taxa.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

John La Duke +
(Hooker & Arnott) Rydberg +
Sida grossulariifolia +
Gooseberry-leaf or currant-leaf globemallow +
Ariz. +, Idaho +, Nev. +, N.Mex. +, Oreg. +, Utah +  and Wash. +
100–2000 m +
Dry, volcanic, rocky or sandy soil +
Flowering spring–summer. +
Bull. Torrey Bot. Club +
Endemic +  and Illustrated +
Malvastrum coccineum var. grossulariifolium +, M. grossulariifolium +, Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia subsp. pedata +, S. grossulariifolia var. pedata +  and S. pedata +
Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia +
Sphaeralcea +
species +