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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Lavatera||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Lavatera trimestris L.
Stem: erect, generally 0.5--1 m, generally bristly. Leaf: petiole to 9--13 cm; stipules 2--5 mm, generally deciduous; lower blades 3--12 cm, 2.5--5 cm wide, rounded to cordate, crenate, upper generally smaller, shallowly palmate-3--7-lobed, lobes acute to obtuse. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in leaf axils, generally +- clustered toward stem tips; flowering stalks 2.5(7) cm; bractlets 1 cm, +- 1 cm wide, ovate, lobes 6, 3 smaller alternate 3 larger. Flower: calyx +- 15 mm, sparsely hairy; petals 2--5 cm; anthers on upper 2/3 of filament tube. Fruit: segments +- 12, ridged, covered by disk-like expansion from central axis. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Water edge, disturbed places; Elevation: < 300 m. Bioregional Distribution: w SCo (Lauro Canyon, Santa Barbara Co.), WTR; Distribution Outside California: native to Mediterranean, widely cultivated. Flowering Time: May--Jun Note: Rarely escapes cultivation.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Lavatera olbia
Next taxon: Malacothamnus
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2016. Lavatera trimestris, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=30378, accessed on September 27, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on September 27, 2016.