Wow! It is a pretty plant- but this isn't bush- flowers don't crinkl like crispus- I need my Texas natives book sitting at the house, I am Goin to back out of thinking it was a ground cherry tho- and the single fruits are barely1/4" round. It is a low lying single rooted plant
The seeds look like a tiny ground cherry, the round seed covered by the papery outer husks they simply are tiny- no thorns but the leaves are thickish and I presume small from no rains out there, does resemble a mallow, til you look closer
I have my Texas Natives Flowers Book and my guess is Mavalla, which is a Mallow. It's the only one that I can find that is trailing and not upright in habit. The leaves look the same to me. The color of the flowers can be pink, white, or yellowish..
K, 1 lonesome pic in our files looks like it may be what you call it. I have ltd resources, and was getting crosseyed on iPhone, but I believe it may be a globe mallow- sphaeralcea malviflora- tho research seems to like mostly orange ones, it does admit to pink or scarlet ones, these flowers do not open more than the one I show, the 'globose' fruits are what catch my eyes. Thanks for your persistence!!!
I've driven the 10 from Junction to CA way more times then I want to count. Lol When we took the train it followed the same route almost exactly. It's so barren it's hard to believe things can actually grow there.
I looked only at the Mallows in my book and the one I mentioned is the only one I could find that isn't upright.
I took ur suggestion, but my book is in Tx- and I am in Detroit, so I used Internet and the plant files to compare what I had, found a lot of info on the one Newton is searching for- and this one just isn't what they are, I know plant files and Latin namings change, but it drove me nuts working in tiny vision. Chuckl, I appreciate the assist!
If you strain your eyes you won't be able to drive. Lol it's hard because, especially with wilds, there can be variations in the same species. So the same one may have a little different color, in a different area.