Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia (Hook. & Arn.) Rydb. -- Description
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 40(2): 58. 1913. Gooseberry globemallow, currant-leaf globemallow. Having leaves like Grossularia (gooseberry).
Plants: Perennial subshrubs
Stems: To 100 cm, usually more than 40 cm in mature plants.
Leaves: Parted to divided, truncate to cordate, about as long to 1.3 times longer than wide.
Inflorescences: Usually narrow and crowded above and often with crowded branches at base
Fruit/Carpels: Carpels with dehiscent part as wide or wider than indehiscent part, comprising more 1/3 or more of the whole.
Distribution and Habitat
Inhabits the northeastern half of Arizona, the northwestern half of New Mexico, the southwestern corner of Colorado, most of Utah and Nevada, southern Idaho, and the northeast corner of Oregon. In Arizona, S. grossulariifolia is found most often on sedimentary substrates. South of the Mogollon Rim it occurs in areas of igneous rock.
Sriladda found little morphological or genetic difference from S. coccinea in specimens from Utah (p. 5). S. grossulariifolia appears to be hybrid of S. coccinea and S. parvivolia and perhaps some other plants with leaves less dissected and stems that are longer.