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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 687. 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)
General/Distribution: A genus with about 60 species chiefly of E. Mediterranean region. It is represented by 3 species in Pakistan.


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Biennial to perennial herbs. Leaves petiolate, entire to parted, usually densely stellate hairy. Flowers axillary, solitary or on terminal branches in pseudo-raceme, pedicellate; epicalyx segments usually 6-9, basally connate. Calyx 5.lobed. Corolla large, more than 3 cm long. Staminal column 5 angled, glabrous; anthers usually yellowish. Mericarps 18-40, incompletely 2-celled by false septum, lower cell 1-seeded, upper cell without seed, dorsally grooved, often winged. Seeds reniform.

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1.Upper leaves palmately divided almost to the base
1.Upper leaves undivided or lobed to c. ½ of the length of the blade
2.Stem sparsely setose or ± glabrous at maturity
Alcea rosea
2.Stem densely stellate pubescent
Alcea pallida
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