2. Pavonia lasiopetala Scheele, Linnaea. 21: 470. 1848.
Rose or Wright’s pavonia, Texas rock rose Rose or Wright’s pavonia, Texas rock rose
Pavonia wrightii A. Gray
Shrubs, 0.5–1 m. Stems densely to sparsely stellate-hairy, hairs to 0.5 mm. Leaves: stipules subulate, 2–5 mm; petiole 1/2–1 times length of blade; blade slightly discolorous, ovate, 2–5 cm, slightly longer than wide, base cordate, margins coarsely dentate, apex acute, surfaces stellate-hairy. Inflorescences axillary solitary flowers. Pedicels 2–5 cm, usually subequal to petiole; involucellar bractlets 5, alternate with calyx lobes, usually linear-lanceolate, 1–2 mm wide, shorter than to subequal to calyx, hirsute. Flowers: calyx 9–12 mm, hirsute, lobes prominently 3–5-veined; corolla rotate, petals lavender to pink, not auriculate, 15–25 mm; staminal column usually declinate resulting in somewhat bilateral flower, with 5 apical teeth, glabrous; stigmas included, usually villous. Schizocarps pallid, 8–9 mm diam., subglabrous; mericarps pale brown, without spines, obscurely carinate dorsally, otherwise smoothly rounded, 3.5–4 mm. Seeds tufted on hilum.
Flowering summer–fall. Open shrublands; 500–1000 m; Tex.; Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León).
Pavonia lasiopetala has become a popular cultivated plant in Texas, where it is also native. It is also used as a component in seed mixtures for ranges and pastures.