Sphaeralcea angustifolia

Globemallow 7

Globemallow is a species of flowering plant in the Mallow family known as Malvaceae. Its botanical name is Sphaeralcea angustifolia. Some other names it is known by are: Narrow Leaved Globemallow, Desert Copper Globemallow, and Hierba Del Negro in Spanish.
Globemallow produces many erect stems which can range from 1 to 7 feet tall and has been known to reach up to 3 meters (almost 9-10 feet) tall. It is woolly or felt-like in its texture and its gray-green blades are lance shaped; measuring up to about 5 cm long. The leaves have wavy or slightly lobed edges and are: alternate, hairy, variably toothed, scalloped, or smooth edged.
The leafy inflorescence (which means the complete flower head of a plant including stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers) bears several flowers each with five wedge shaped orange petals just under 1 cm in length and yellow antlers. Globemallow flowers in spring, summer, or fall as long as there is enough rainfall during the warmer months of the year. The flowers are followed by pumpkin shaped schizocarps (fruit) with 9 to 17 mericarps (segments) each containing 2 seeds.
Globemallow is native to the southwestern United States as well as northern and central Mexico where it grows in desert or plateau habitat. It is well adapted to sandy or rocky soils (mostly limestone and gypsum), in plains, brush lands, rangelands, on hillsides, and slopes. It prefers sunny, open areas in deserts, grasslands, and open woodlands.
In the wild Globemallow is browsed by deer or antelope. The flowers are pollinated by bees and wasps.
The Globemallow root has been used to pull venom from snakebites and also to heal snakebites. It can be made into a poultice (a soft, wet mass of herbs), and can also be used as a cast for broken bones. The leaves may be made into a tea and may be used to treat sore throats, diarrhea, cracked hands, and boils. Globemallow has also been used for hair growth and to treat: bronchitis, irritative cough, urinary and bladder irritation, and abscesses (collections of pus). Some drink the tea as a general health tonic and it has been said it may be able to remove tumors.

By Zen, age 10

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