4992.000 Malva L. - Mallows

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves usually ± circular-reniform in outline. Flowers usually fasciculate, axillary, pink, mauve, purple or sometimes white. Epicalyx of 3, ± free, linear or ovate bracts. Calyx cup-shaped, 5-lobed; lobes triangular. Petals usually emarginate at apex. Ovary of 9-15 free carpels. Fruit a discoid schizocarp, separating into 9-15, indehiscent, awnless mericarps.

Worldwide: 40 species, occurring in Europe, the Mediterranean region, temperate Asia and on tropical African mountains

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Malva sylvestris

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
neglecta Wallr.EDescription, Image
parviflora L.W,C
sylvestris L.W,CDescription, Image
verticillata L.C,E

Other sources of information about Malva:

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Malva

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Malva
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Malva
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Malva
Wikipedia: Malva
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Malva
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Malva

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Malva.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=937, retrieved 27 March 2023

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