Eremalche rotundifolia, Desert Fivespot
Scientific Name: Eremalche rotundifolia
Common Name: Desert Fivespot
Also Called: Desert Five-spot (Spanish: Malva)
Family: Malvaceae, Globe Mallow Family
Synonyms: (Malvastrum rotundifolium)
Size: Up to 2 feet or so.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; subshrub; erect, sometimes branched at base; stems hispid with long mostly simple hairs.
Leaves: Green; coarsely crenate, round-reniform; leaf petioles also hispid with long mostly simple hairs;
Flower Color: Lilac, pinkish-purple, mauve, drying violet-purple; flower petals pinkish-purple, each petal with a bright purple basal blotch or "spot" at base;
Flowering Season: March to May.
Elevation: 100 to 3,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Dry sandy soils, dry desert scrub, often in washes.
Recorded Range: Eremalche rotundifolia, Desert Fivespot is found in the southwestern United States in AZ, CA, NV. It is also native to Baja California and northwestern Mexico.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Eremalche rotundifolia.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
In the Southwestern United States there is 1 species of Eremalche. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Eremalche rotundifolia is one of the showiest plants in the southwestern United States. The type species is from Fort Mohave (Cooper), Arizona.
In Southwest Desert Flora also see: White Mallow, Eremalche exilis.