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Eremalche rotundifolia

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About Desert Fivespot (Eremalche rotundifolia) Desert five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia), is a flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States, where it is found between 50 and 1,500 meter altitude in open places, sandy and rocky areas, and in washes. It can be found in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and in Death Valley National Park in southern California. It is an annual plant growing to 8-60 centimeter tall, with rounded leaves 1.5-6 centimeter broad with a toothed margin. The flowers are rose-pink to lilac with five petals, each with a dark red spot at the base.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.26 - 2 ft (0.08 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry desert


Elevation ?
-280' - 6537'

Annual Precip. ?
1.9" - 11.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.28" - 1.89"

Coldest Month ?
42.4° F - 63.3° F

Hottest Month ?
65.2° F - 91.0° F

Humidity ?
2.06 vpd - 49.28 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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