Desert Globe Mallow
Photographed in the Hedgepeth Hills, Glendale, Arizona, USA, March 2003.
Mature fruit - about 14 carpels in a pinwheel shape - here each has split to release the seeds. Observed at Hassayampa Nature Conservancy, Arizona, USA, April 2014.
FLOWERS: Spires of abundant, large, peach-colored flowers make this an
attractive spring wildflower especially along roadways where runoff affords a
bit more moisture. Flower color can vary to shades of red and grenadine or even
white. The numerous
stamens are fused by their filaments into a column surrounding the
style. The bloom at right was photographed south of Florence,
Arizona in April 2010.
Malvaceae -- Mallow Family
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Michael J. Plagens, page created 6 Nov. 2007
updated 19 May 2014