Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Lavatera L., Sp. Pl. 690-692 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
tree mallow

Annual to perennial herbs, woody shrubs or trees.  Lvs toothed or lobed. Fls solitary and axillary, or in axillary clusters or terminal racemes;  epicalyx segments 3, united at least in part;  calyx evenly 5-toothed;  petals spreading, emarginate or deeply notched.  Style branches as many as loculi, filiform.  Fr. of numerous, 1-seeded, indehiscent, awnless mericarps arranged in a single flat whorl round short conic apex of receptacle, separating at maturity.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Lavatera L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
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