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Small-flowered mallow

Scientific Name
Malva parviflora
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, C. von (1753)
Taxonomy
(Magnoliophyta: Magnoliopsida: Malvales: Malvaceae)
Reliability
High
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Clare McLellan Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Pictured: Fruit and seed(s)

Description:

Fruit appendages: Cavities, Scabrous with ridges and grooves

Winged ridges between individual fruit segments (carpels).

Fruit Colour: Variable - brown/yellow, Straw coloured

Fruit Length: 5 - 7mm, 7 - 10mm

Fruit shape: Aggregate, Round

Seed Colour: Variable - brown/yellow, Straw colour

Seed Length: 1 - 2mm, 2 -4mm

Seed Sculpture: Reticulate, Ribbed, Scabrous

Seed Shape: Wedge

Erect or decumbent annual usually to c. 50 cm high, stellate-hairy.

Leaves ± circular, 8–10 cm diam., 5–7-lobed, base cordate, margins crenate, sparsely pubescent; petiole mostly 1.5–12 cm long, rarely to 20 cm.

Flowers in axillary clusters forming an irregular raceme. Epicalyx segments narrow-linear, shorter than calyx. Calyx lobes broad-ovate, acute, 3–3.5 mm long; calyx enlarging to 13–15 mm diam. in fruit. Petals 4–6 mm long, white or pink.

Fruit 7–8 mm diam., brown when ripe, glabrous or pubescent, winged ridges between carpels.

Source: Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

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Author
Clare McLellan
Created
27/07/2012 12:17 AEST
Last Updated
21/01/2013 10:29 AEST
Citation
Clare McLellan (2012) Small-flowered mallow (Malva parviflora) Updated on 1/21/2013 10:29:58 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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