Sphaeralcea hastulata

A. Gray

Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. 3(5): 17. 1852.

Common names: Spear globemallow
Synonyms: Sphaeralcea arenaria Wooton & Standley S. glabrescens Wooton & Standley S. martii Cockerell S. pumila Wooton & Standley S. simulans Wooton & Standley S. subhastata J. M. Coulter S. subhastata subsp. connata Kearney S. subhastata var. connata (Kearney) Kearney S. subhastata subsp. martii (Cockerell) Kearney S. subhastata var. martii (Cockerell) Kearney S. subhastata subsp. pumila (Wooton & Standley) Kearney S. subhastata var. pumila (Wooton & Standley) Kearney S. subhastata subsp. thyrsoidea Kearney S. subhastata var. thyrsoidea (Kearney) Kearney
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 365. Mentioned on page 358, 359.

Plants perennial. Stems ascending to decumbent, green to gray-green, 1–3(–5) dm, canescent. Leaf blades green to gray-green, oblong-ovate to ovate-lanceolate, unlobed, lobed, or pedately divided, (1–)2–6 cm, not rugose, base cuneate to cordate, margins entire, crenate, or dentate, usually green or tan, surfaces stellate-pubescent. Inflorescences paniculate or racemose, open or crowded, flowers clustered or solitary, tip leafy or not; involucellar bractlets green to tan. Flowers: sepals 4–11 mm, tips forming beak in bud; petals red-orange, pink, or purple, 10–20 mm; anthers yellow or purple. Schizocarps widely conic; mericarps 10–30, 3–7 × 1.5–2.5 mm, thickish, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 60–80% of height, tip obtuse to acute, usually muticous (to mucronate to cuspidate), cusp 1–2 mm, indehiscent part sometimes wider than dehiscent part. Seeds 1 or 2 per mericarp, brown or black, glabrous or pubescent. 2n = 10, 30.

Phenology: Flowering early spring–fall.
Habitat: Plains, alkaline or gypsum areas
Elevation: 800–2100 m


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Ariz., N.Mex., Tex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, Sonora, Tamaulipas).


T. H. Kearney (1935) recognized subspecies of Sphaeralcea hastulata; the subspecies are not clearly and consistently distinguishable and are herein combined.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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John La Duke +
A. Gray +
Spear globemallow +
Ariz. +, N.Mex. +, Tex. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +, Coahuila +, Durango +, Nuevo León +, Sonora +  and Tamaulipas). +
800–2100 m +
Plains, alkaline or gypsum areas +
Flowering early spring–fall. +
Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. +
Sphaeralcea arenaria +, S. glabrescens +, S. martii +, S. pumila +, S. simulans +, S. subhastata +, S. subhastata subsp. connata +, S. subhastata var. connata +, S. subhastata subsp. martii +, S. subhastata var. martii +, S. subhastata subsp. pumila +, S. subhastata var. pumila +, S. subhastata subsp. thyrsoidea +  and S. subhastata var. thyrsoidea +
Sphaeralcea hastulata +
Sphaeralcea +
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