gooseberry-leaved globemallow

Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia

Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia 7

By: Rylie, The International School at Mesa Del Sol, 9th Grade

Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family known by the common name gooseberryleaf globemallow. It is native to the western United States, where it can be found in the Great Basin and surrounding regions. It grows in sagebrush, woodlands, playas, and the canyons of the upper Colorado River. It is common in disturbed areas, such as habitat recently cleared by wildfire.

The characteristics of Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia are quite unique. The average color of this beautiful plant is light medium orange with a bright white center. The pistil is a bright yellow. On average there is about five to six petals. The stem of the flower is fern green with a very light blue tint, due to the fuzz that is found on the stem. The leaves on the stem are pinnate which are compound leaves. The stems on average are about one to three feet long.
Their habitat is mostly located in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the Intermountain West. The elevation that these plants are found in is an elevation range that is between 2,600 to 7,500 feet. This plant is tolerant to drought and cold winter temperature. Blooming season ranges from May to October. This plant doesn’t really need a lot of resources to survive. But this plant also thrives in areas that get a lot of sun.
Interaction with the environment around Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia is both good and bad. The good part about it is that when the plant is consumed by four specific animals the plant is perfectly healthy and nutritional for them. These specific animals are domestic sheep, pronghorn, elk and deer. This plant isn’t very compatible with cattle, it’s not very good for them and their digestion. This plant is also eaten by rabbits, small rodents, grasshoppers and Mormon crickets.

By: USDA, ("Fire Effects Information System"), Undated.
https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/sphgro/all.html

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  1. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://www.flickr.com/photos/jroldenettel/9344061950/
  2. (c) Matt Lavin, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/5144285962/
  3. (c) Biodiversity Heritage Library, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/6260573080/
  4. (c) Andrey Zharkikh, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/zharkikh/8928832179/
  5. (c) Andrey Zharkikh, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/zharkikh/8928822297/
  6. (c) Andrey Zharkikh, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/zharkikh/8928811937/
  7. Adapted by smiller33 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphaeralcea_grossulariifolia

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