Common name: Cretan Hollyhock
Malva linnaei M.F.Ray APNI*
Synonyms: Lavatera cretica L. APNI*
Description: Erect, sparsely stellate-hairy herb to 1.5 m high.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate, mostly 3–10 cm, rarely to 20 cm long, 5–7-lobed, lobes shallow, margins crenate to toothed; petiole to 12 cm long.
Flowers in loose axillary clusters of 2–8, peduncles 8–15 mm long. Epicalyx segments ovate, c. 6 mm long. Calyx segments triangular to ovate, 8–10 mm long, acuminate, enlarging in fruiting stage. Petals lilac-pink.
Schizocarp 7–10 mm diam., splitting into 7–11 mericarps, smooth, slightly ridged or wrinkled at the margins.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Medit.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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