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This genus is accepted, and is native to Asia-Tropical, Europe, Africa, North America, Australasia and Asia-Temperate.

[FTEA]

Malvaceae, Bernard Verdcourt & Geoffrey Mwachala. Pavonia, B Verdcourt; Kosteletzkya, OJ Blanchard Jr.; Gossypium, P Fryxell & B Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs; indument stellate
Morphology Leaves
Leaves unlobed to deeply palmately divided, often with angular or broadly rounded lobes; margins crenate; stipules triangular to falcate, ± persistent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary in leaf axils or fasciculate; sometimes the clusters forming narrow interrupted panicles
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Epicalyx
Epicalyx of 3 completely free bracts or adnate to calyx
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals usually pink to purple or white, often with dark veins, 5, free, mostly broadly obovate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens numerous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 8–15 carpels each with a single ascending ovule.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Styles the same number as the carpels
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a schizocarp; mericarps separating, indehiscent, smooth to variously sculptured, glabrous or hairy.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, usually with stellate hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves entire to deeply lobed; stipules triangular to falcate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in axillary clusters
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Epicalyx
Epicalyx bracts 3, linear to ovate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary of 8–15 free 1-ovulate carpels arranged around a central column; style branches as many as carpels
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a discoid schizocarp; mericarps ± reniform, flattened, indehiscent, smooth or variously sculptured.
Distribution
Some 60 species in the Old World, mainly in temperate and subtropical regions.

[FZ]

Malvaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Annuals or perennials, herbaceous to somewhat suffruticose, erect to decumbent or prostrate, nearly glabrous to more or less densely pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually suborbicular-reniform in outline, crenate to serrate or shallowly to rather deeply palmatilobed, usually long-petioled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers axillary, usually clustered or fasciculate; pedicels often short to 0.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Epicalyx
Epicalyx of 3 free or nearly free linear to ovate bracts.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx cupular, 5-lobed; lobes deltoid, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals usually obcordate-cuneate, emarginate at the apex, often with darker-coloured veins converging towards the glabrous or ciliate claw.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Staminal tube antheriferous at the apex only.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary of 9–15 free 1-ovulate carpels arranged around a central torus; style-branches as many as there are carpels, obliquely clavate; stigmas linear, decurrent on the inside of the style-branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit discoid, separating at maturity into suborbicular-reniform free indehiscent muticous mericarps; mericarps smooth or variously sculptured on the back, glabrous or pubescent.

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[FSOM]
Use
A number of species are widespread weeds, others are cultivated as ornamentals.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Assam, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Djibouti, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Gulf States, Hungary, India, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuwait, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Madeira, Manchuria, Mauritania, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Northwest, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New South Wales, Niger, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northern Territory, Northwest European R, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Queensland, Romania, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Selvagens, Sicilia, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, South Australia, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tasmania, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Victoria, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Western Australia, Western Sahara, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Amsterdam-St.Paul Is, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil South, British Columbia, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, Desventurados Is., District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, Free State, Galápagos, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Japan, Juan Fernández Is., Kamchatka, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Louisiana, Magadan, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Zealand North, Newfoundland, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Provinces, Northwest Territorie, Nova Scotia, Ogasawara-shoto, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., Rwanda, Réunion, Sakhalin, Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Tristan da Cunha, Uganda, Uruguay, Utah, Venezuela, Vermont, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Malva Tourn. ex L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Rico, L. [1908], Morocco K000564906
Rico, L. [1923], Morocco K000564893
Rico, L. [1759], Armenia K000297272
Nascimento, M.S.B. [1049], Brazil K001214495

First published in Sp. Pl.: 687 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 308 (1754).
  • Sp. Pl. 2: 687 (1753)

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

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