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Common Mallow One of the most diverse and useful plants!


Common Mallow
One of the most diverse and useful plants!

Family: Malvaceae, Mallow
Genus: Malva

Description
General: spreading annual, rarely biennial, mostly 20-60
cm tall, with short, somewhat stiff hairs.
Leaves: alternate, the stalks several times the length of
the blades, the blades heart- to kidney-shaped, about 1.5-4
cm long, blunt- to sharp-toothed, very inconspicuously 5 to
sometimes 7-lobed. The 2 stipules at bases lanceolate,
0.5-1 cm long.
Flowers: pale pink to nearly white, in clusters of 1 to 3
from leaf axils, on stalks about 1 cm long. Calyx about 6-8
mm long, the 5 lobes triangular, pointed, about half as
long. The 3 bracteoles at the base narrowly lance-shaped.
The 5 petals obovate, about 10 mm long, notched at the
tips. Stamens numerous, joined to a tube at the base,
freed higher up singly or in pairs. Style branches 10-15,
with stigmas most of their length, not terminally enlarged.
Flowering time: May-September.
Fruits: capsules, round, flattened lengthwise, cheese-
shaped, composed of several wedge-shaped segments,
these rounded on the back, short-hairy but otherwise
nearly or quite smooth.

Distribution
Fields, gardens and disturbed areas, in w. and s.c. parts
of MT. Introduced from Europe, a fairly common weed
throughout the U.S. 

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