Desert Five Spot (Eremalche rotundifolia)

Photo courtesy of Don Davis

Desert Five Spot (Eremalche rotundifolia)

Eremalche rotundifolia, the Desert five-spot, is a flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to the Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert in theSouthwestern United States.

The plant is found in open places, sandy and rocky areas, and in washes between 50 and 1,500 m in elevation. It can be found in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and in Death Valley National Park in southern California.

Eremalche rotundifolia is an annual plant growing to 8–60 cm tall, with rounded leaves 1.5–6 cm broad with a toothed margin.

The flowers are rose-pink to lilac with five petals, each with a dark red spot at the base.

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Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.