E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Sphaeralcea munroana (Douglas) Spach
Munroe's globe-mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from thick roots; stems ascending to erect, branched, grey-hairy to greenish, 20-80 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, the blades 2-6 cm long, kidney-shaped to more elongate with 3-5 lobes or only scalloped less than halfway to the midvein; the stalks equal to the leaves, shorter upwards; stipules not deciduous.
Inflorescence of many flowers in short, terminal, bracted clusters on stalks shorter than the calyces; petals 5, apricot-pink to reddish, 1-2 cm long; calyces with 3 linear bracteoles.
Carpels, 3 mm long, 9-17, hairy on the back, wrinkled only on the lower third of the sides; seeds 1.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Mid Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands and forest openings in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC; S to MT, UT and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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