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Common name: Red-flowered Mallow
Modiola caroliniana (L.) G.Don APNI*
Description: Annual to short-lived perennial herb rooting at the nodes; stems ± prostrate usually under 25 cm high.
Leaves with lamina ovate to broad-ovate, 3–4 cm long, 2–3 cm wide, 3–7-lobed, the lobes toothed; petiole 2–7 cm long.
Peduncles 1–2.5 cm long, shorter than the leaves. Epicalyx segments 3, linear to lanceolate, c. 5 mm long. Sepals c. 5–6 mm long, hairy. Petals red or orange-red, slightly longer than the calyx.
Capsule 7–9 mm diam., each carpel with 2 awned valves at the apex.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of gardens and waste places. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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