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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: Annual to shrub, generally taprooted; hairs stellate, simple, or 0. Stem: prostrate to erect, generally not rooting, herbaceous to soft-woody. Leaf: stipules persistent; petioled; blade round to reniform, shallowly to deeply palmate-5--7(9)-lobed or lobes 0, generally crenate to dentate. Inflorescence: raceme-like or generally flowers 1--10 in leaf axils; flowering stalks often jointed above middle; bractlets 3, free or fused +- 1/2. Flower: showy or not; calyx lobes +- = tube; petals +- 0.4--4.5 cm, generally shallowly notched at tip, pink, purple, rose-purple or white, dark-veined or not; anthers generally on upper 1/3--1/2 of filament tube; stigmas linear, on inner side of style branches. Fruit: +- disk-like; segments 6--15, indehiscent, generally edged; walls smooth or ribbed, puberulent or not; beak 0. Seed: firmly enclosed by, not readily separating from fruit wall, reniform, generally glabrous.
Species In Genus: +- 30--40 species: Europe, especially Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, few Australia, America. Etymology: (Greek: malache or malos, mallow, tender) Toxicity: Some species reportedly TOXIC to livestock from selenium or nitrate concentration. Note: Incl 3 California species formerly placed in Lavatera (Hill 2009).
Unabridged Note: Recently treated to include several species of Lavatera based primarily on molecular data (Ray 1995, 1998). Several other widely cultivated species may escape, including Malva alcea L., Malva moschata L.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to MalvaPrevious taxon: Malacothamnus palmeri var. palmeri
Next taxon: Malva arborea
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2017. Malva, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=9580, 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.