Sphaeralcea species [Malvaceae]

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Scientific Name Sphaeralcea coccinea USDA PLANTS Symbol SPCO
Common Name Caliche Globemallow, Scarlet Globemallow ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 21920
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry caliche, gypsum and sandy-clay soils; open areas on hillsides, prairies.
Plant: Upright perennial multiple hairy stems, up to 20 inches tall, normally much shorter.
Leaves: Alternate, wide petiolate leaves up to 2 inches long, deeply notched with curled edges.
Inflorescence: Coral-pink to orange-red flowers, solitary or in clusters, 1-5/8 inch across, 5 petals, many yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: April to August.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Sphaeralcea hastulata USDA PLANTS Symbol SPHA
Common Name Spear Globemallow ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 21942
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy or rocky soils, caliche soils; open grasslands or brush.
Plant: Sprawling or upright perennial 3-1/2 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Grey-green to bright green leaves, alternate, narrowly ovate-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate to hastate with three lobes; 3/8 to 1-5/8 inches and about half as wide; margins undulate or with shallow rounded teeth; surfaces covered with pubescent hairs, especially beneath.
Inflorescence: Coral-pink to orange-red flowers, 3/4-inch tall and twice as wide fully opened, solitary in leaf axils, sometimes forming a terminal raceme; 5 petals and 5 pointed sepals; most flowers subtended by a thin, narrow bract, 1/6-inch long.
Bloom Period: February to August.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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