Malva moschata L.
  • Sp. Pl.
  • Malva musca

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General Information

Herbs, perennial, 0.3–1.3 m, hairs usually spreading, simple, sometimes stellate-hairy distally. Stems erect to ascending, sparsely hirsute proximally, stellate-hairy distally. Leaves: stipules persistent, linear to narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 3–8 × 2–3 mm; petioles of proximal leaf blades 3 times as long as blade, reduced to 1/2 blade length distally, mid-stem petioles 2 times as long as blade, hairs simple; distal blades usually round to reniform, deeply 5–7-lobed, lobes acutely 2-pinnatifid, 2–6 × 5–6 cm, base deeply cordate, margins irregularly toothed, apex rounded, obtuse, or acute, surfaces glabrous or sparsely hairy, hairs simple or stellate. Inflorescences axillary, flowers solitary or in fascicles, often appearing short-racemose or subumbellate terminally, long-stalked. Pedicels (0.5–)0.8–2.5 cm, to 10–35 cm in fruit, hairs simple; involucellar bractlets distinct, not adnate to calyx, linear to narrowly oblanceolate or elliptic, 5 × 1–1.5 mm, to 7–8 mm in fruit, length 1/2 calyx, margins entire, surfaces glabrous or sparsely hirsute and long-ciliate. Flowers: calyx reticulate-veined, 6–8 mm, to 15 mm in fruit, outer surface hairy, hairs both simple and stellate; petals bright pink to pale purple or white, 20–35 mm, length 2.5–3 times calyx; staminal column 7–8(–10) mm, glabrate; style 11–15-branched; stigmas 11–15. Schizocarps 9–11 mm diam.; mericarps 11–15, black, 1.5–2 mm, apical face and margins rounded, sides thin and papery, smooth, surfaces densely hirsute at least apically. Seeds 1.2–1.5 mm. 2n = 42.

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    "Erect perennial, 4–10 dm, rough-hairy; lvs orbicular in outline, 5–7-parted, the segments of the upper lvs again deeply pinnatifid; fls partly solitary on long pedicels fromthe upper axils, but chiefly crowded in terminal clusters; bractlets linear to narrowly lanceolate or oblanceolate, ciliate, glabrous or nearly so on the back; pet white to pale purple, triangular, 2–3.5 cm; mature carpels densely hairy, rounded on the back, not rugose; 2n=42. Native of Europe, escaped from cult., along roadsides and in waste places; Que. and N.S. to B.C., s. to Va. and Mo., more common northward. June–Sept."

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    Ähnlich wie M. alcea, aber Stängel nicht über 60 cm hoch, mit einfachen, abstehenden Haaren. Unterste Blätter oft bis zur Mitte geteilt, Abschnitte der obersten Blätter schmal-bandförmig und tief fiederteilig, Aussenkelchblätter 3–5mal so lang w

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    6–9. Wegränder, Schuttplätze, kollin(-montan). CH.

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    Other Local Names

    Malva muscaRaeto-RomanceCH
    Mauve musquéeFrenchCH
    Malva moscataItalianCH
    Musk-mallow, mauve musquée


     Information From

    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz
    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz, Konrad Lauber, Gerhart Wagner, Andreas Gygax. Haupt Verlag 2018.
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    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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