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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Malvella||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Malvella leprosa (Ortega) Krapov.
Habit: Annual, perennial herb. Stem: decumbent, 1--4 dm, densely white-stellate-hairy; some hairs bristly, some scale-like. Leaf: blade 1--3.5 cm, reniform to triangular, densely white-stellate-hairy, base asymmetric, margin toothed, wavy. Inflorescence: flower stalk +- = subtending petiole; bractlets (0)3, thread-like, generally deciduous. Flower: calyx 6--10 mm, divided 1/2, generally pink or pink-dotted abaxially, hairs as on stem; petals 10--15 mm, cream-white to yellow, occasionally with rose tint; styles 7--10, > filament tube. Fruit: +- 7 mm diam; segments 7--10, 3 mm, minutely puberulent on back, generally net-veined on sides. Chromosomes: 2n=22,32.
Ecology: Valleys, generally saline; Elevation: < 1500(2500) m. Bioregional Distribution: CA (esp GV); Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Idaho, Texas, Mexico, southern South America; Australia (introduced). Toxicity: Reported to be TOXIC to sheep, perhaps other livestock. Flowering Time: Apr--Nov Note: Agricultural weed, especially in orchards.
Synonyms: Sida leprosa (Ortega) K. Schum. var. hederacea (Douglas) K. Schum.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Malvella
Next taxon: Modiola
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2016. Malvella leprosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=32649, 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.