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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Malva||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Malva verticillata L. var. crispa L.
GARDEN AND URBAN WEED
Habit: Annual, biennial, sparsely stellate-hairy. Stem: erect, (5)10--20(30) dm. Leaf: stipules papery, +- 6 mm, 2--3(5) mm wide, curved; blade generally > 5 cm, lobes generally 5, margins wavy . Inflorescence: flowers 2--8 in leaf axils; flower stalk in fruit < calyx; bractlets 6 mm, 1--1.5 mm wide, generally curved. Flower: calyx generally 5 mm, 7 mm in fruit, diam 5--6 mm, +- 9 mm in fruit, strongly net-veined, papery when dry; petals 5--7(8) mm, generally +- > calyx, +- white, tips pale lavender-pink; filament tube glabrous, anthers +- near tip. Fruit: 7--8 mm diam; segments 8--11, +- 3 mm, glabrous, radial-ridged especially on outer edges, sides especially thin over seed. Chromosomes: 2n=84,112.
Ecology: Disturbed, urban places, gardens; Elevation: < 100 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo, expected elsewhere; Distribution Outside California: apparently native to eastern Asia; widely cultivated, especially in France. Flowering Time: May--Jul Note: Cult, occasionally escaped; culinary herb.
Synonyms: Malva crispa (L.) L.
Unabridged Note: Malva verticillata var. verticillata, not found in California, differs by flat shallowly lobed leaves, calyx not as expanded and papery.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Malva sylvestris
Next taxon: Malvella
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2017. Malva verticillata var. crispa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=61734, accessed on February 26, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 26, 2017.