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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Malva||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Malva assurgentiflora (Kellogg) M.F. Ray
Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, stellate-hairy to glabrous. Stem: decumbent to erect, generally 1--4 m. Leaf: blade 5--15 cm, 5--7-lobed, lobes triangular-ovate, +- acute or obtuse, toothed, hairy to glabrous. Inflorescence: flowers generally 1--2 in leaf axils; flowering stalks generally +- S-shaped; involucel < calyx, bractlet free parts lanceolate. Flower: showy; calyx 12--15 mm, not especially larger in fruit, generally stellate-puberulent; petals 2.5--4.5 cm, reflexed or not in age, +- rose, or +- purple, veins dark, pale at base; filament tube 1.5--2 cm, sparsely puberulent or stellate-hairy to glabrous, anthers on upper 1/2. Fruit: 12--16 mm diam; segments (6)8, glabrous to hairy, smooth on back, outer edges +- sharp. Seed: 1, +- 4 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=+-40.
Ecology: Coastal bluffs; Elevation: < 350 m. Bioregional Distribution: ChI, naturalized CCo, SCo; Distribution Outside California: naturalized Mexico. Flowering Time: Feb--Jul Note: Cult as ornamental or windbreak.
Synonyms: Lavatera assurgentiflora Kellogg; Lavatera assurgentiflora subsp. assurgentiflora; Lavatera assurgentiflora subsp. glabra Philbrick; Malva assurgentiflora (Kellogg) M.F. Ray subsp. assurgentiflora ined.; Malva assurgentiflora subsp. glabra (Philbrick) S.R. Hill ined.; Saviniona assurgentiflora (Kellogg) Greene; Saviniona clementina Greene; Saviniona reticulata Greene
Unabridged Note: Native to ChI, related to several taxa in similar habitats around Baja California; brought early into cultivation in California; locally naturalized on mainland; distinctive in shrubby habit, large showy dark-veined flowers, thick hemispheric large fruits. Native populations extirpated or nearly so, generally by browsing of introduced ungulates, rodents; recovery efforts underway.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Malva arborea
Next taxon: Malva neglecta
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2016. Malva assurgentiflora, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=89039, accessed on May 01, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 01, 2016.