Random Plant: Wild hollyhock

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Wild hollyhock (Iliamna rivularis, Malvaceae) photographed 09/05/2014 at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Wild hollyhock (Iliamna rivularis, Malvaceae) goes by a number of other common names including streambank wild hollyhock, mountain hollyhock,  streambank globemallow, and maple mallow. The flowers are similar in structure to other members of the mallow family and have five wide, overlapping petals. This particular species is unique for having broad, palmately-lobed leaves that appear maple-like.

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Wild hollyhock (Iliamna rivularis, Malvaceae) photographed 09/05/2014 at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

After the flowers are pollinated and fertilized they develop into ringed, hairy, dry fruits that split apart to release the seeds when ripe.

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Wild hollyhock (Iliamna rivularis, Malvaceae) photographed 09/05/2014 at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

These attractive perennial wildflowers can be found in mountain meadows, woodland openings, and along stream banks in the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. The individual shown here was photographed near the Snake River at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

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About Jeremy Sell

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