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Genus Alcea Family Malvaceae

Description: Biennial or short-lived perennial herbs. Stems usually erect with a few short branches.

Leaves simple, entire or lobed.

Inflorescence racemose, terminal, usually more than half the height of the plant. Epicalyx fused at the base, mostly 5-lobed. Calyx fused at the base, 5-lobed. Petals usually large and showy. Staminal tube 5-angled.

Fruit a schizocarp with c. 40 indehiscent mericarps, each mericarp with an almost complete transverse septum, the upper loculus sterile, the lower 1-seeded.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 60 species, Mediterranean. Australia: 1 species (naturalized). Hollyhocks

Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Alcea rosea

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