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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)
Genus MALVA L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 687. 1753
Reference Gen. P1. ed.5, 308. 1754.
Description Herbs, sometimes more or less suffruticose, annual or perennial, the stems erect to decumbent or prostrate, glabrous or the indumentum of simple or stellate hairs. Leaves usually long-petiolate, the stipules caducous, the blades commonly more or less circular-cordate in outline, crenate to serrate or shallowly to deeply palmati- lobed or palmatidivided. Flowers axillary, solitary or in more or less dense glom- erules; epicalyx of 3 distinct bractlets; calyx cupuliform, 5-lobed, persistent or accrescent; petals 5, obcordate-cuneate, connate at the base and adnate to the base of the staminal tube, the claws glabrous or ciliate; staminal tube divided at the apex into numerous filaments, the anthers reniform; ovary of more or less 10 free, 1-ovulate carpels, the ovules ascending; style branches isomerous with the carpels, linear, introrsely stigmatose. Fruits discoid, separating into many indehiscent meri- carps, these verticillate around a central axis, reniform, muticous; seeds glabrous; embryo curved, the albumen scant.
Habit Herbs
Distribution An Old World genus of which several species have become naturalized as weeds in North and South America. A few species with relatively large and showy flowers are cultivated as ornamentals. Only one species is reported from Panama.
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