Scientific Name:
Malva L., Sp. Pl. 687 (1753)
  • = Lavatera L., Sp. Pl. 690-692 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):

Annual or perennial herbs. Lvs toothed, lobed or deeply dissected. Fls usually solitary and axillary or in axillary clusters, rarely in terminal racemes; epicalyx segments (2)–3, free ± to base; 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.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Malva L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised10
Exotic: Casual1
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