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Rusby's Desert-Mallow
(Sphaeralcea rusbyi var. eremicola )
Malvaceae

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Description: Perennial 1-2 feet (3-6dm) tall with thick, woody base, erect stems, and a sparse amount of short, soft hairs. Leaves 1/8 - 3/4 inches (4-20mm) long, thin, round to heart-shaped, divided into 3-5 parts with cleft and toothed lobes. Inflorescence is a panicle with a few flowers. Flowers have a wooly calyx 1/2 inch (11-44mm) long, and apricot colored petals 5/8 inch (14-16mm) long. Seeds are black-gray. 

Distribution:

Habitat: Desert scrub. Elevation 4000-4400 feet

Flowering Period: Blooms May - June

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Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B

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Last updated: 08-05-2010