WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Sprawling, densely hairy stems 6–26-inches tall form bushy clumps dotted with colorful reddish-orange to pink flowers. The upper stems bear clusters of cup-shaped flowers. Note the lance-shaped leaves are about twice as long as wide with few or no teeth and a pair of lobes at the base of the blade.


FLOWER: April–August. Flowers solitary (not clusters) in the leaf axils. The 5 petals, each 1/2–3/4-inch long (12–20 mm), have slightly notched tips and a showy stamen column with yellow or purple anthers. This is one of the species with thread-like bractlets below the flower base (calyx) beneath the petals.


LEAVES: Alternate. Blades, 3/4–2 3/8-inches long (2–6 cm), width about 1/2 the length, triangular to lance-shaped with 2 right-angle, pointed basal lobes, and wavy, irregular margins. The surface is rough with prominent clusters of tiny, star-shaped hairs.


HABITAT: Sandy, gravelly, clay soils, roadsides, disturbed areas; plains, desert grasslands and scrub, pinyon-juniper woodlands.


ELEVATION: 3,100-7,900 feet.


RANGE: AZ, NM, TX.


SIMILAR SPECIES: 15 species in New Mexico, many similar and difficult to distinguish in the field. Narrowleaf Globemallow, S. angustifolia, 1–4-feet tall and erect with stout branches, has narrow, 1–2-inch long, lance-shaped leaves, 4–6 times longer than wide, and with wavy edges. 


NM COUNTIES: Widespread in southern and the western half of NM in low- to mid-elevation, arid habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Valencia.

SPEAR  GLOBEMALLOW

SPHAERALCEA  HASTULATA

Mallow Family, Malvaceae

Perennial herb

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Flowers can be orange, orange-red, or pink.

Leaves vary from lance-shaped to triangular, or having shallow to pronounced lobes at the base. The lobes point out and away from the base.

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