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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 689. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Type: Holotype: Herb. Linn. 870.22 s.n. (LINN).
Distribution: Distribution: W. Europe, N.Africa and Asia.
Comment/Acknowledgements: It is occasionally cultivated in Pakistan.

It resembles Malva ambigua Guss. and Malva mauritiana L. From Malva ambigua Guss. it differs in its glabrous fruits and from Malva mauritiana L. it can be differentiated on the basis of emarginate and smaller petals and fewer flowers in fascicles.

Map Location: B-6 Peshawar Dist.: Abazai, April 1907, n.coll., s.n.(K); B-7 Swat: 81½ miles from Saidu Sharif on way to Kalam, 40 cm tall herb, flrs, purple, S. Abedin 82571 (KUH) ; C-7 Rawalpindi Dist.: Garden, Gordon College, Rawalpindi, flrs.; large, pink, Jafri & Ali 359 (KUH); Weed of gardens, Rawalpindi, 6.4.1871; Aitchison 341 (K); D-8 Lahore Dist. Lahore, April, 1846 T. Thomson s.n. (K).


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Usually biennial, up to 1.25 m tall, pubescent to glabrescent herbs. Leaves 2-4 cm long, 2-5 cm broad, 3-lobed, truncate to broadly cordate at; stipule lanceolate, scarious, c. 5 mm long, 1.5 mm broad; petiole 2-6 cm ,pilose. Flowers axillary (1-) 2-4 in fascicles; pedicel c. 2 cm long. Epicalyx segments ovate, 2-3 mm long, 1.5 mm broad. Calyx free to the middle, 3-6 mm long, glabrescent; lobes broadly triangular, 2-3 mm broad. Petals pink-purple cm long, c.1 cm broad, obovate, emarginate, claw ciliate. Staminal c. 3 mm long, stellate pubescent. Fruit glabrous, 5-6 mm across, mericarps 10-12, reticulate. Seeds brown, c. 2.5 mm long and broad.
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