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8. Sphaeralcea fendleri A. Gray, Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. 3(5): 21. 1852.

Fendler’s globemallow Fendler’s globemallow

Plants perennial. Stems erect or ascending, usually gray to gray-green or green, sometimes purple to black, (2–)4–7(–10) dm, sparsely to densely canescent or hirsute. Leaf blades green or gray to gray-green, lanceolate to triangular, shallowly to deeply 3-lobed, (1.5–)3–7 cm, not rugose, base truncate to cuneate, margins crenate to dentate, surfaces hirsute or sparsely to densely stellate soft-pubescent. Inflorescences paniculate, narrow, usually crowded, tip leafy or not; involucellar bractlets green to tan. Flowers: sepals 4.5–6(–9) mm; petals red-orange or lavender, 8–13 mm; anthers yellow. Schizocarps cylindric to conic; mericarps 9–16, 4–5.5 × 2–2.5 mm, chartaceous, nonreticulate dehiscent part 70–80% of height, tip reflexed and cuspidate, indehiscent part not wider than dehiscent part, sides faintly, very finely reticulate, tips reflexed. Seeds 2 per mericarp, black, pubescent.

Varieties 3 (3 in the flora): sw United States, n Mexico.

1 Leaf blade surfaces distinctly hirsute   8c Sphaeralcea fendleri var. venusta
+ Leaf blade surfaces soft-pubescent or sparsely pubescent   (2)
2 (1) Leaf blade surfaces sparsely pubescent, appearing green; petals red-orange.   8a Sphaeralcea fendleri var. fendleri
+ Leaf blade surfaces densely soft white-pubescent; petals usually lavender.   8b Sphaeralcea fendleri var. albescens

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