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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Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems prostrate to spreading, branched, 20-60 cm long, with simple hairs or glabrous.
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, the claws glabrous; calyces papery and greatly enlarged in fruit, about equal to the petals, lobed, the bracteoles linear.
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


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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