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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: Annual, biennial, perennial herb, shrub, +- glabrous to stellate-hairy. Stem: erect, herbaceous to soft-woody. Leaf: petioled; blade ovate to lanceolate, shallowly to deeply 5--7(9)-lobed or lobes 0, generally crenate to dentate. Inflorescence: raceme-like or generally flowers 1[several] in leaf axils; bractlets 3, fused generally 1/2. Flower: generally showy; petals pink, purple, rose-purple or white, dark-veined or not; anthers near top of filament tube, below, generally not clustered; stigmas linear, on inner side of style branches. Fruit: +- disk-like; segments (6)10--19, indehiscent, smooth or variously ribbed and/or hairy, outer edges generally rounded, beak 0. Seed: 1 per segment, generally not firmly enclosed by, readily separating from fruit wall, reniform, glabrous.
Species In Genus: +- 12 species: Europe, especially Mediterranean, Asia, Africa. Etymology: (Lavater brothers, 17th century Swiss physicians, naturalists) Note: Most species transferred to Malva, primarily on molecular data (Ray 1995, 1998); other commonly cultivated species that may escape including Lavatera cashmiriana Camb., Lavatera thuringiaca L.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to LavateraPrevious taxon: Lagunaria patersonia
Next taxon: Lavatera olbia
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2017. Lavatera, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=9577, accessed on January 22, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 22, 2017.