Common name: Hollyhock
Alcea rosea L. APNI*
Description: Erect biennial herb to 3 m high, hairy.
Lower leaves ± circular, lamina c. 20 cm across, 3–7-lobed, margins toothed; upper leaves smaller and with reduced lobing; petiole to c. 25 cm long.
Epicalyx lobes mostly 6, triangular, 6–10 mm long. Calyx lobes triangular, c. 10 mm long. Petals c. 4 cm long, white to pink or purple.
Fruit c. 15 mm diam.; mericarps with a central groove; seeds reniform, c. 5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly cultivated, occasionally naturalized. Native of Medit.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SFWP
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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