Sphaeralcea species

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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 Reference
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.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Sphaeralcea hastulata USDA PLANTS Symbol
SPHA
Common Name Spear Globemallow ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
21942
Family Malvaceae (Mallow)
SEINet Reference
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 Micahel Eason, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native

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