Common name: Tree Mallow
Malva dendromorpha M.F.Ray APNI*
Synonyms: 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. Native of Eur.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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