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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Malva||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Malva sylvestris L.
Habit: Annual to perennial herb. Stem: erect, 5--30 dm; hairs sparse, simple and stellate. Leaf: stipules 3--5 mm, 3 mm wide; blade generally 5--10 cm wide, +- round to reniform, crenate, distal occasionally shallowly 3--7-lobed, lobes +- rounded. Inflorescence: flowers 1--4 in leaf axils; flowering stalks >> calyx; bractlets free, 3--7 mm, 2--4 mm wide, lanceolate to ovate. Flower: calyx 6--8 mm, stellate-hairy, not larger in fruit; petals generally 15--30 mm, generally bright purple or pink, veins dark; filament tube hairy. Fruit: segments 10--12, +- puberulent, shallowly net-veined, wrinkled on sides, back, outer edges sharp, not winged. Chromosomes: 2n=42.
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed places; Elevation: generally < 300 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CW, SCo; Distribution Outside California: native to Europe, Mediterranean, Asia Minor; widely cultivated as ornamental. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
Synonyms: Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana (L.) Boiss.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Malva pseudolavatera
Next taxon: Malva verticillata var. crispa
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2017. Malva sylvestris, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=32607, accessed on February 20, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 20, 2017.