“Globemallow” redirects here. It may also refer to members of the genus Iliamna.
40-60, see text
Sphaeralcea is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae). There are about 40-60 species, including annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Most originate in the drier regions of North America, with some known from South America. They are commonly known as globemallows, globe mallows, or falsemallows. The name of the genus is derived from the Greek words σφαῖρα (sphaira), meaning “sphere,” and αλκεα (alkea), meaning “mallow.”
The leaves of these plants are spirally arranged, and usually palmate or toothed. Both stems and leaves are downy. Like other Malvaceae, the flowers are saucer- or cup-shaped, with the stamens joined into a column in the center.
Sphaeralcea species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Schinia olivacea, which has been recorded on S. lindheimeri.
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Sphaeralcea ambigua A.Gray – Desert globemallow
Sphaeralcea angustifolia (Cav.) G.Don – Copper globemallow, narrowleaf desertmallow
Sphaeralcea bonariensis (Cav.) Griseb. – Latin globemallow
Sphaeralcea caespitosa M.E.Jones – Tufted globemallow
Sphaeralcea coccinea (Nutt.) Rydb. – Scarlet globemallow, red globemallow, red falsemallow
Sphaeralcea coulteri (S.Watson) A.Gray – Coulter’s globemallow
Sphaeralcea digitata (Greene) Rydb. – Juniper globemallow, slippery globemallow
Sphaeralcea emoryi Torr. ex A.Gray – Emory’s globemallow
Sphaeralcea fendleri A.Gray – Fendler’s globemallow, thicket globemallow
Sphaeralcea gierischii – Gierisch mallow
Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia (Hook. & Arn.) Rydb. – Gooseberryleaf globemallow, currantleaf globemallow
Sphaeralcea hastulata A.Gray – Spear globemallow, spreading globemallow
Sphaeralcea incana Torr. ex A.Gray – Gray globemallow, soft globemallow, azeentliini
Sphaeralcea janeae (Welsh) Welsh – Jane’s globemallow
Sphaeralcea laxa Wooton & Standl. – Caliche globemallow
Sphaeralcea leptophylla (A.Gra