Common name: Spiked Malvastrum
Malvastrum americanum (L.) Torr. APNI*
Synonyms: Malvastrum spicatum (L.) A.Gray APNI*
Description: Erect branching annual or perennial herb to 60 cm high, sometimes woody at base; tomentose with stellate hairs.
Lamina ovate to lanceolate, 1–6 cm long, 5–35 mm wide, apex acute or obtuse, margins crenate to toothed, stellate-hairy; petiole 5–15 mm long.
Epicalyx segments 3, linear. Calyx pubescent, lobes 2–3 mm long, acuminate. Petals 8–10 mm long, yellow to orange.
Fruit 4–5 mm diam.; mericarps usually 8–12, angular, pubescent.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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