Sphaeralcea coccinea

(Scarlet Globemallow)

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Sphaeralcea coccinea, Pawnee Buttes Trail, Pawnee National Grassland, Weld Co. 7323

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Sphaeralcea coccinea, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 2863

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Sphaeralcea coccinea, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 2881

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Sphaeralcea coccinea, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 2933

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Sphaeralcea coccinea, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3014

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Sphaeralcea coccinea, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 2871

Scientific Name Sphaeralcea coccinea USDA PLANTS Symbol SPCO
Common Name Scarlet Globemallow ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 21920
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 9000 ft.); dry gravelly or rocky soils in open areas on hillsides, prairies, roadsides.
Plant: Upright perennial with multiple hairy stems, up to 20 inches tall, normally much shorter.
Leaves: Alternate, wide petiolate leaves up to 2 inches long, deeply dissected into 3 to 5 lobes that have curled edges and may be lobed in turn.
Inflorescence: Coral-pink to orange-red flowers, solitary or in clusters, 1-5/8 inch across, 5 petals, many yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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