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Sphaeralcea munroana
Munro's globemallow, white-stemmed globemallow

Distribution: Widely distributed east of the Cascades crest in Washington; south-central British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Habitat: Desert plains to open lower mountain slopes.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees


Herbaceous perennial from thick roots, the several stems 2-8 dm. tall, grayish-hairy to greenish.


Leaves alternate, petiolate, the blades 2-6 cm. long, reniform to ovate-deltoid, from shallowly 3- to 5-lobed to round-toothed.


Inflorescence an interrupted, compound raceme; calyx 5-lobed, stellate, 5-10 mm. long, the pedicels shorter than the calyx, with 3 linear bracteoles from the base; petals 5, apricot-pink to orange-red, 1-2 cm. long; stamens numerous, the filaments freed from the staminal tube individually; ovary superior, the carpels 8-12 in a ring around a central axis; styles equal to the number of carpels, the stigmas capitate


Capsules 3 mm. long, 1-seeded, rough-veined and indehiscent on the lower third.

Accepted Name:
Sphaeralcea munroana (Douglas ex Lindl.) Spach
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 22(2): 292. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Sphaeralcea munroana (Douglas ex Lindl.) Spach ssp. munroana [JPM]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sphaeralcea munroana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sphaeralcea munroana checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Sphaeralcea munroana information.

E-Flora BC: Sphaeralcea munroana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sphaeralcea munroana photos.

USDA Plants: Sphaeralcea munroana information.

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