New mexico checkermallow, pink checker mallow
From southern California and the Great Basin to the southern Rocky Mountains
Marshes, streambanks, seeps, moist meadows, from near sea level to 9,000 feet
Basal and cauline, on stalks of up to 10 inches; palmately lobed, deeply or shallowly
April to September
Sidalcea neomexicana occurs over a wide area of the West, from the coastal ranges of southern California to the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming; it is most common along the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona.
Plants produce one to several stems, which may be glabrous but usually have a medium to sparse covering of hairs, unbranched and fairly long towards the base, shorter and star-shaped above. Leaves vary greatly in shape; those at or near the base may be unlobed, lined by shallow, rounded teeth, or partially divided into five or seven (occasionally nine) lobes; they are around 2.5 inches wide and long. Upper stem leaves are much more deeply lobed, almost to the base. Leaves are sparsely hairy underneath, almost glabrous above.
Flowers are arranged in an open or compact cluster, of up to 20, and are attached by short, slender stalks. Petals are purplish pink, clawed (and white) at the base, crossed by branched, pale-colored veins. The white-veined, sharp-pointed sepals have a sparse covering of coarse hairs, both short and long.