E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Malva neglecta Wallr.
dwarf mallow (common mallow)
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

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Distribution of Malva neglecta
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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems decumbent to ascending, branched, hairy, the hairs star-shaped, 20-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves absent; stem leaves alternate, blades 1.5-4 cm long, heart- to kidney-shaped, inconspicuously 5-lobed, toothed, with stalks much longer than the blades.
Inflorescence of many flowers in axillary clusters or subterminal panicles; petals 5, pale blue-lavender to almost white, 8-12 mm long, 2-4 times as long as the calyces; calyces 4-6 mm long, shallowly lobed, the bractlets linear.
Carpels, numerous in flat disks, rounded, glabrous on the back (minutely short-hairy); seeds 1.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; infrequent in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Malva neglecta

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 540 540 540
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Malva rotundifolia auct. non L.

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