Sphaeralcea parvifolia

A. Nelson
Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 17: 94. 1904.
Common names: Small-leaf globemallow
Synonyms: Sphaeralcea arizonica A. Heller ex Rydberg S. marginata York ex Rydberg
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 367. Mentioned on page 358.

Plants perennial. Stems erect, green or gray-green, 1.5–4(–10) dm, white- to yellow-canescent. Leaf blades gray to green, ovate, unlobed or weakly 3–5-lobed, 1–5.5 cm, not rugose, base cuneate to cordate, margins entire or crenate to serrate, surfaces stellate-pubescent. Inflorescences paniculate, crowded, flowers clustered with distinct internodes between clusters, tip not leafy; involucellar bractlets usually green to tan, sometimes red-purple. Flowers: sepals 6–9 mm, tip not forming distinct beak in bud; petals red-orange, 8–14 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps ellipsoid; mericarps 12, 3.5–5.5 × 1.5–3 mm, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 60–70% of height, with or without apical cusp, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part. Seeds 1 per mericarp, gray or black, ± pubescent. 2n = 10, 20.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Dry slopes
Elevation: 1500–2100 m


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Ariz., Calif., Colo., Nev., N.Mex., Utah.


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