4991.010 Alcea L. - Hollyhocks

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Herbs, annual, biennial or perennial, usually erect, unbranched, most parts pubescent, sometimes mixed with long hairs. Leaves long-petiolate; lamina ovate to sub-orbicular, angled. Weakly lobed or deeply palmatipartite, margins crenate or dentate, apex acute to obtuse. Inflorescence flowers solitary or fascicled, often arranged into terminal racemes, axillary; epicalyx lobes 6 or 7 basally connate; calyx 5-lobed; petals white, pink, purple or yellow, apex notched. Fruit schizocarps, disc shaped; mericarps >15, laterally compressed, circular with a prominent ventral notch; 2-celled proximal cell 1-seeded, distal cell sterile. Seeds glabrous or pustulose.

Worldwide: 60 species in Central and South West Asia, east and South Europe.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Alcea rosea

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rosea L.Image

Other sources of information about Alcea:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Alcea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Alcea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Alcea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Alcea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Alcea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alcea
JSTOR Plant Science: Alcea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Alcea
Plants of the World Online: Alcea
Tropicos: Alcea
Wikipedia: Alcea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Alcea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2130, retrieved 19 April 2024

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