Sphaeralcea munroana

(Douglas ex Lindley) Spach

Hist. Nat. Vég. 14: 403. 1847.

Common names: Munro’s globemallow
Basionym: Malva munroana Douglas ex Lindley Edward’s Bot. Reg. 16: plate 1306. 1830
Synonyms: M. creeana Graham Malvastrum munroanum (Douglas ex Lindley) A. Gray Malveopsis munroana (Douglas ex Lindley) Kuntze Nuttallia munroana (Douglas ex Lindley) Nuttall Sphaeralcea munroana subsp. subrhomboidea (Rydberg) Kearney S. munroana var. subrhomboidea (Rydberg) Kearney S. subrhomboidea
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 367. Mentioned on page 358.

Plants perennial. Stems erect, green to gray-green, 2.5–9 dm, gray-green canescent. Leaf blades green to gray-green, triangular, unlobed or weakly 5-lobed, to 4.5 cm, not rugose, base cuneate to truncate, margins coarsely toothed, surfaces stellate-pubescent. Inflorescences narrowly paniculate, crowded, few–many-flowered, flowers in clusters, tip not leafy; involucellar bractlets green to tan. Flowers: sepals 4–9 mm, tips forming weak beak in bud; petals red-orange, 11–14 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps spheric; mericarps 12, 3.5–4 × 2.5–3 mm, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 55% of height, tip acute, with reflexed apical cusp, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part. Seeds 1 per mericarp, brown, slightly hairy.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer.
Habitat: Xeric plains and slopes
Elevation: 100–2300 m


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B.C., Calif., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.


Sphaeralcea munroana and S. parvifolia are difficult to distinguish and may be conspecific. Sphaeralcea parvifolia is more southern and smaller overall; S. munroana is more northern and more robust.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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John La Duke +
(Douglas ex Lindley) Spach +
Malva munroana +
Munro’s globemallow +
B.C. +, Calif. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Nev. +, Oreg. +, Utah +, Wash. +  and Wyo. +
100–2300 m +
Xeric plains and slopes +
Flowering spring–summer. +
Hist. Nat. Vég. +
M. creeana +, Malvastrum munroanum +, Malveopsis munroana +, Nuttallia munroana +, Sphaeralcea munroana subsp. subrhomboidea +, S. munroana var. subrhomboidea +  and S. subrhomboidea +
Sphaeralcea munroana +
Sphaeralcea +
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