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Sphaeralcea leptophylla (Scaly globemallow)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Sphaeralcea leptophylla

Sphaeralcea leptophylla (A. Gray) Rydb.

Scaly Globemallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)


USDA Symbol: sple

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Globe-mallows are common plants on the ranges of western North America but are difficult to identify. One of the easiest species to recognize is Scaly Globe-mallow, which is covered with gray, scale-like hairs and has very narrow upper leaves, not divided or toothed. It grows from southern Utah, southwestern Colorado, and northeastern Arizona to western Texas and northern Mexico.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
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: Orange
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CO , NM , TX , UT

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Web Reference

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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