Sphaeralcea incana

Torrey ex A. Gray

Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. 4: 23. 1849.

Common names: Gray globemallow
Synonyms: Sphaeralcea incana subsp. cuneata Kearney S. incana var. cuneata (Kearney) Kearney
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 365. Mentioned on page 358, 366.

Plants perennial. Stems 3–5(–7), erect, yellow to yellow-green, (4–)6–18(–30) dm, rubbery when fresh, sometimes appearing slightly ridged or fasciated when dry, densely canescent. Leaf blades light green to yellow-green, deltate or elongate-deltate, unlobed or weakly 3-lobed, center lobe sometimes elongate, lobes relatively broad, 3–5(–7) cm, not rugose, rubbery, base cuneate or truncate to cordate, margins entire or crenulate to undulate, surfaces stellate-pubescent. Inflorescences paniculate, crowded, flowers long-interrupted, tip not leafy; involucellar bractlets green to tan. Flowers: sepals 3.5–6.5 mm, spheric in bud; petals red-orange to pale red, 10–17 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps hemispheric; mericarps 11–15, 4–5.5 × 2–2.5 mm, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 60–75% of height, tip reflexed, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part, sides faintly to prominently and finely reticulate with thin-translucent areolae. Seeds 2 per mericarp, brown, glabrous or pubescent. 2n = 10, 20.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Sandy areas
Elevation: 1000–1900 m


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Ariz., N.Mex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora).


Sphaeralcea incana is often seen in relatively small groups. Fresh stems tend to be very rubbery and flower buds notably rounded.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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John La Duke +
Torrey ex A. Gray +
Gray globemallow +
Ariz. +, N.Mex. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +, Coahuila +  and Sonora). +
1000–1900 m +
Sandy areas +
Flowering summer. +
Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. +
Sphaeralcea incana subsp. cuneata +  and S. incana var. cuneata +
Sphaeralcea incana +
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