Small Leaf Globemallow

  • Scientific name: Sphaeralcia parvifolia
  • Perennial herb/forb
  • Important pollinator species
  • Widely used in reclamation
  • Abundant in the intermountain West

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Small Leaf Globemallow (Sphaeralcia parvifolia), also know as Nelsons Globemallow, is widely distributed throughout Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. It is a perennial herb/forb with taproots or rhizomes with usually hairy leaves and stems. It is commonly found in desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities. It is very common along roadsides, especially in eastern and south eastern Utah. It has been classified as the southern and lower elevation counterpart to S. munroana. Small-leaf globemallow is adapted to sandy, gravelly and rocky soils in desert and disturbed habitats.

Small Leaf Globemallow is an important pollinator species, especially in the desert southwest. It is widely used in reclamation and is one of the most frequently occurring and widely adapted of the globemallow species.

The genus name, “Sphaeralcea”, is from “sphaira” which means “globe” and “alcea” which is the name of a related genus (hollyhock), thus referring to the spherical fruits. The fruits produced by globemallow closely resemble the structure of an orange, with small carpels or “sections” forming a globe. Each carpel contains one and sometimes two seeds. The species name, “parvifolia”, means “small-leaved”. Flowers may bloom from April to November.

Synonyms: Sphaeralcia parvifolia, Nelsons Globemallow

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(Sphaeralcea parvifolia)

Small Leaf Globemallow Western Forbs Plant Guide

PDF version of Western Forbs: Biology, Ecology, and use in Restoration

Authors: Corey L. Gucker, Great Basin Fire Science Exchange Support, University of Nevada, Reno
Nancy L. Shaw, Research Botanist (Emeritus) USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station Boise, ID
Gucker, Corey L.; Shaw, Nancy L. 2018

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Sphaeralcea parvifolia
  • Small Leaf Globemallow
  • Nelsons Globemallow

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