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
Many insects and other organisms make use of this plant by visiting the flowers for pollen (and nectar?), feeding on the leaf tissue and as infectious plant pathogens. Below are shown a Nomia bee, leaf-mining beetles, and a fungus that causes rust-colored galls on the undersides of the leaves; follow thumb links for more information. Plant feeding insects attract predators like the assassin bug.
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Michael J. Plagens, page created 6 Nov. 2007
updated 17 July 2015