Sfhaeralcea grossulariaefolia (Hooker and Arnott) Rydberg
Scarlet globe-mallow is one of the showy plants of the Arizona
mesas and river valleys, where often it grows in great abundance.
The flowers commonly are scarlet, but they are equally handsome
when of a paler hue. They are produced in spikelike panicles on the
upper part of stems so weak that they bend gracefully before the
wind. By the Mexicans the plant is called malojo, "eye-bane," because
the small, branched, starlike hairs on the leaves and stems adhere to
the fingers in handling, and if brushed into the eyes, cause irritation
This brilliant member of the Mallow Family is very common in
Arizona, and ranges northward to Idaho and Wyoming.
The specimen sketched was gathered near the Desert Laboratory
of the Carnegie Institution at Tucson, Arizona.
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