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

Malva pusilla Sm.
small mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Name change 2015: Malva rotundifolia to Malva pusilla

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.
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.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

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

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Malva rotundifolia L.

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