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Eremalche rotundifolia (Desert fivespot)
Miller, Holmes O.

Eremalche rotundifolia

Eremalche rotundifolia (A. Gray) Greene

Desert Fivespot

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Malvastrum rotundifolium

USDA Symbol: ERRO8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Flowers form purplish-pink or lilac globes, each open at top and have a deep reddish center, on short branches near the top of this erect, sparsely-leaved plant.

The pinkish, spherical corollas are distinctive and, when light passes through them, they resemble glowing lanterns.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Southeastern California, southern Nevada, and western Arizona.
Native Habitat: Desert washes and flats.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Eremalche rotundifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eremalche rotundifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eremalche rotundifolia


Record Modified: 2023-04-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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