WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

Numerous hairy, yellowish-gray/brown stems branch from the base and reach 36 inches tall. Large, showy, solitary flowers grow from the branch tips and upper leaf axils. Note the pink to lavender (or whitish) flowers have 5 overlapping petals with reddish-purple lines or spots at the base, and a showy column of pink filaments with reddish-orange anthers. Dense hairs cover the stem and oval to triangular (not lobed) leaves.


FLOWER: Year round, peaks in spring. Flowers to 3-inches diameter with 5 petals, each 3/4-1-inch long (2–2.5 cm); stamen column has numerous pink filaments tipped with anthers with reddish-orange pollen.


LEAVES: Alternate. Blades yellowish-green, oval to triangular, 5/8–1 1/4-inches long (1.5–3 cm); margins entire or with shallow teeth, surfaces densely hairy with stellate (star-shaped) hairs, prominently veined below.


HABITAT: Sandy, gravelly soils, desert washes, slopes, mesas, and hills; desert creosote bush scrub.


ELEVATION: Up to 5,150 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX; Mexico.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Desert Rosemallow, H. coulteri,  (see photo) in Otero County, NM, AZ and Trans-Pecos TX, has pale yellow flowers with reddish-purple lines or spots at the base, and upper leaves with 3 deep lobes.


NM COUNTIES: Southern NM counties in low-elevation, desert habitats: Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero, Sierra.

PALEFACE  ROSEMALLOW,  ROCK  HIBISCUS

HIBISCUS  DENUDATUS

Mallow Family, Malvaceae

Perennial herbaceous subshrub

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Desert Rosemallow, H. coulteri,  is reported in Otero County, NM, AZ and Trans-Pecos TX. The upper leaves have 3 deep lobes (arrow).

© Katja Schulz, Creative Commons

Star-shaped hairs cover the yellowish-green, oval to triangular leaves. Margins are entire or have shallow teeth.