Sphaeralcea polychroma

La Duke

SouthW. Naturalist 30: 433, fig. 1. 1985.

Common names: Hot Springs globemallow
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 368. Mentioned on page 359.

Plants perennial. Stems erect, white or yellow, to 10–20 dm, rubbery, densely soft stellate-pubescent. Leaf blades white or yellow, deltate to lanceolate, subhastate to 3-lobed, 4–7 cm, secondary lobes to 2.2 cm, not rugose, base cuneate, margins crenate to dentate, surfaces green- to white-canescent. Inflorescences paniculate, open, many-flowered, interrupted, tip leafy; involucellar bractlets green to tan. Flowers: sepals 6–7 mm; petals white, pink, lavender, purple, red-orange, or red, 10–13 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps short-urceolate; mericarps 12–14, (3.5–)4–5.5 × 2–3 mm, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 60% of height, with usually reflexed cusps to 2 mm, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part. Seeds 1 or 2 per mericarp, gray, pubescent. 2n =20.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Desert lowlands
Elevation: 1900 m


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Ariz., N.Mex., Tex., Mexico (Chihuahua).


Sphaeralcea polychroma is frequent in central New Mexico and western Texas. It is closely related to S. procera.

Selected References


Lower Taxa