Common name: Tree Mallow
Malva arborea (L.) Webb & Berthel. APNI*
Synonyms: Malva dendromorpha M.F.Ray APNI*
Lavatera arborea APNI*
Description: Plant 1–3 m high, densely stellate-hairy.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate, to 25 cm long, shortly 5–7-lobed, lobes acute to rounded, margins crenate; petiole usually 1–20 cm long.
Flowers in 2–7-flowered clusters, peduncles to 25 mm long. Epicalyx 7–11 mm long, enlarging after flowering. Calyx segments triangular, acute, 4–6 mm long. Petals 2–3 times longer than the epicalyx, lilac with purple veins at base.
Mericarps 6–8, glabrous or tomentose, margins sharp or ± winged.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Previously known as M. dendromorpha M.F.Ray but this has been shown to be a superfluous name.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris; updated P. Wilson July 2018
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990); Webb, P.B. & Berthelot, S. (1836), Histoire Naturelle des Iles Canaries 3(2,1): 30
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