Emory's globemallow, more...
[Sphaeralcea emoryi subsp. arida (Rose) Kearney, more]
Plant: Perennial forb or subshrub to > 1 m; herbage stellate pubescent Leaves: leaves alternate, ovate-triangular, 3-lobed, 3-5 cm long Flowers: inflorescence racemose-paniculate, many-flowered; corolla reddish, petals 10-12 mm long Fruit: a schizocarp, breaking into 9-17 segments.
Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Subshrub General: Perennial, stems several, canescent to 1 m or taller; stems erect to floppy and curving. Leaves: Broadly ovate to ovate-oblong, somewhat cordate at base, angulate to 3-parted or 3-cleft, crenate or dentate on margins, 2-9 cm long. Flowers: Three or more per node, in many-flowered interrupted raceme, pedicels shorter than sepals; calyx 5-10 mm , densely stellate-tomentose;, lobes acute to acuminate; petals grenadine-pink to pale red-orange, 10-20 mm long. Fruits: Mericarps 2-or-3 seeded, 2.7-4.3 mm, longer than wide, dehiscent section about as large as the body. Ecology: Found in sandy or loamy soil, sandy plains or waste places below 3,000 ft (914 m); flowers April-June. Distribution: w and s AZ, s NV, se CA, n Baja Calif. Notes: Big ovate leaves, 3-cleft, helps to identify this species. Ethnobotany: Taken as a decoction of root for diarrhea by Pima. Etymology: Sphaeralcea is from Greek sphaira, a globe, and alcea, a related genus, while emoryi is named for Maj. William Hemsley Emory (1811-1887) Director of the Mexican Boundary Survey. Synonyms: Many, see Tropicos Editor: SBuckley, 2010