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Family: Malvaceae
Malva nicaeensis

Citation: All., Fl. Ped. 2:40 (1785).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Mallow of Nice.

Erect to prostrate annual or perennial herb, with main branches to c. 50 cm long, sparsely hispid; leaves orbicular, 1-7 cm or more long, cordate, with 5-7 obtuse lobes, crenate-dentate, on long slender petioles.

Epicalyx segments ovate to broad-ovate, 0.8-3 times longer than broad, attached nearly halfway up the calyx; calyx 3.5-5 mm long, covered by 1- or 2-armed erect hairs, each arm 0.2-1.5 usually 0.4-1.2 mm long, rarely mixed with spreading stellate hairs, the calyx lobes triangular, acuminate; corolla light-purple, 4-12 mm long.

Schizocarp 5-7 mm diam., rugose-muricate, often covered by the lobes of the enlarged scarious calyx, the mericarps 8-10 rarely 7, closely appressed to each other in the mature fruit, with angles on the dorsal surface sharp but not winged, entire.

image of FSA2_Malva_nic.jpg Malva nicaeensis twig, ovary, styles and enlarged style, fruit and mericarp.
Image source: fig 439a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Waste places and other disturbed sites.

S.Aust.: FR, NL, SL, KI, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   native to southern Europe.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Oct. — Feb., May.

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Biology: No text

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