Malva pusilla Sm.
  • Engl. Bot.
  • Dwarf mallow, mauve à feuilles rondes


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Malva pusilla Sm. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000449525. Accessed on: 26 Oct 2021'

General Information

Herbs perennial, usually procumbent, many branched, 20-50 cm tall, scabrous. Stipule small, ovate-lanceolate, 4-6 × 2-3 mm; petiole 3-12 cm, stellate velutinous; leaf blade reniform, rarely 5-7-lobed, 1-3 × 1-4 cm, papery, abaxially sparsely stellate puberulent, adaxially sparsely velutinous, base cordate, margin minutely denticulate, apex rounded. Flowers usually 3-4-fascicled, axillary, rarely solitary on stem. Pedicel 2-5 cm, sparsely stellate puberulent. Epicalyx lobes lanceolate, 2-5 × 1-1.5 mm, stellate puberulent. Calyx campanulate, 5-6 mm, stellate puberulent, 5-lobed, lobes triangularly acuminate. Corolla white to pinkish, 10-12 mm in diam.; petals obcordate, 9-15 × 3-5 mm, apex notched; claw bearded. Filament tube stellate puberulent. Style branches 13-15. Fruit flat globose, 5-6 mm in diam.; mericarps 12-15, abaxially smooth, angles rounded, puberulent. Seeds reniform, ca. 1 mm in diam., reticulate or not. Fl. summer.

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    Herbs, usually annual, rarely biennial or perennial, 0.2–0.6 m, trailing stems sometimes to 1 m, sparsely hairy, hairs usually simple and stellate. Stems trailing to ascending, hairs usually both simple and stellate. Leaves: stipules persistent, narrowly to ovate-triangular, 3–5(–6) × 2–3 mm; petiole on proximal and midstem leaves to 3 times as long as blade, usually 2 times longer on distal leaves, sparsely hairy, hairs simple and stellate; blade cordate to broadly reniform, unlobed or broadly and very shallowly 5-lobed, 1–5 × 1–5 cm, base cordate, margins finely crenate or dentate, apex rounded, surfaces glabrous or sparsely stellate-hairy. Inflorescences axillary, flowers solitary or in 2–10-flowered fascicles (compact cymes), obviously stalked. Pedicels 0.4–0.5 cm, to 1–2.4 cm in fruit, slender and flexible, sparsely hairy, hairs simple and stellate; involucellar bractlets distinct, not adnate to calyx, linear to lanceolate, 3–4 × 0.5 mm, shorter than calyx, margins entire, surfaces sparsely ciliate and stellate-puberulent. Flowers: calyx 3–5 mm, 5–6 mm in fruit, lobes incompletely enclosing mericarps, mostly hispid, hairs both simple and stellate, conspicuously long-ciliate, lobes not obviously veined; petals pale pink or nearly white, drying pinkish or whitish, or faded, veins not darker, 3–6 mm, subequal to slightly longer than calyx; staminal column 1–1.5 mm, glabrous; style 10- or 11-branched; stigmas 10 or 11. Schizocarps 5–7 mm diam.; mericarps 10 or 11, 1.5–2 mm, margins sharply angled, toothed, not winged, lateral faces radially veined, apical surface strongly rugose-reticulate ridged, surface glabrate or sparsely stellate-puberulent. Seeds 1–1.5 mm. 2n = 42.

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    Morphology

    Herb, up to 200 mm tall. Leaves undivided to very shallowly lobed. Epicalyx bracts much narrower than sepals. Petals shorter than 15 mm, usually not more than twice as long as calyx. Mericarps 9-16, distinctly reticulately ridged on back, glabrous, edges often slightly raised but neither toothed nor overlapping adjoining mericarps. Flowers white or pale mauve.

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    Annual, occasionally perennial herb. Stems decumbent, up to 0.5 m long. Leaves undivided to very shallowly lobed, ± 20 x 25 mm. Flowers: petals < 15 mm long, usually not > twice as long as calyx. Fruit with mericarps usually glabrous.

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    Habitat

    Dry Grassland; Dwarf Karroid Shrubland; Zastron Moist Grassland.

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    Distribution

    Native to Europe and Asia.

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    Native to Europe and Asia.

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    Other Local Names

    NameLanguageCountry
    Dwarf mallow, mauve à feuilles rondes

      Bibliography

     Information From

    e-Flora of South Africa
    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
    • A All Rights Reserved
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    'Flora of China @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=2 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • B Missouri Botanical Garden
    Flora of North America @ efloras.org
    http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1
    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • C Flora of North America Association
    Malvaceae
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
    • D CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
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    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
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