Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet
Citation: Sims, Curtis's Bot. Mag. 48:t. 2269 (1821).
Synonymy: L. plebeia Sims var. tomentosa Hook. f., J. Bot.(Hooker) 2:412 (1840); L. australis Cunn. ex Hook. f., J. Bot.(Hooker) 2:412 (1840), nom. illegit., in synonymy; Malva behriana Schldl., Linnaea 20:633 (1847); L. behriana (Schldl.)SchldL, Linnaea 24:699 (1852); L. plebeia Sims var. eremaea J. Black, Fl.S. Aust. 373 (1926).
Common name: Australian (or native), hollyhock.
Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 478.
Biology: Very variable in flower colour, the density and thickness of the tomentum and possibly the fruit ornamentation.
Taxonomic notes: Three varieties have been distinguished in the past in S.Aust., var. tomentosa Hook. f. being a stout coastal shrub with a dense velvety tomentum and white flowers occurring on off-shore islands and the coastline of southern Australia, var. eremaea J. Black having a similar indumentum to this variety, but differing by smaller flowers on shorter peduncles, and the typical variety having a sparser tomentum and purple to lilac or white flowers. These present characters are difficult to apply consistently, and only a revision taking account of variability within populations will resolve whether a practical infraspeciflc classification is warranted.
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State Herbarium of South Australia