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

Malva parviflora L.
small-flowered mallow (cheeseweed mallow)
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

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Species Information

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General:
Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems prostrate to spreading, branched, 20-60 cm long, with simple hairs or glabrous.
Leaves:
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, blades heart- to kidney-shaped, 2-5 cm long, toothed, shallowly 5- to 7-lobed, with stalks up to twice as long as the blades.
Flowers:
Inflorescence of many flowers in axillary clusters or subterminal panicles, with or without long stalks; petals 5, white or pale purple, 4-5 mm long, the claws glabrous; calyces papery and greatly enlarged in fruit, about equal to the petals, lobed, the bracteoles linear.
Fruits:
Carpels, numerous in flat disks, flattened, strongly wrinkled on the back, pointed angles narrowly winged and minutely toothed; seeds 1.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

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.

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