Malva pusilla Sm.
small mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Reg Newman     (Photo ID #12214)


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Distribution of Malva pusilla
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Name change 2015: Malva rotundifolia to Malva pusilla

Species Information

Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems prostrate to spreading, branched, 20-60 cm long, with simple hairs.
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.
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, claws fringed or bearded; calyces green and barely enlarged in fruit, about equal to the petals, lobed, the bractlets linear, fringed.
Carpels, numerous in flat disks, flattened, strongly wrinkled on the back, pointed angles without wings; seeds 1.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and waste places in the lowland and montane zones; rare in S BC; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Malva rotundifolia L.