CHINESE MALLOW

Malva verticillata

Mallow Family [Malvaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
status
statusZcasual
flower
flower8mauve
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZbisexual

unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Chinese Mallow is similar in form to Least Mallow (Malva parviflora) except that the petals are not less than 5mm long but are longer at 5 to 9mm long. Younger leaves seem to be a brighter but possibly browner shade of green that the less shiny and older leaves which have more rounded lobes. The small bunches of flowers are in the nodes of branches.


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The main stems are pale-green and very smooth and shiny in places (nearer the roots), and very hairy in others (nearer the leaves and flowers)


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
It is possible that within the very hairily-fuzzy small masses the fruit is growing (?) (either that or it is insect damage of some sort akin to Robin's Pincussion on Roses due to a wasp nesting?).


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The petals are pinkish or whitish-mauve (but your Author would say Pink to Azure going only from the photos).


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Tiny fig-like new leaves growing here. .


unknown time, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The main stems are pale-green and very smooth and shiny in places (nearer the roots), and very hairy in others (nearer the leaves and flowers)


Easily mistaken for : Least Mallow (Malva parviflora) - see captions above and the short paragraph on the nutlets below.

The nutlets, not visible in these photos, are only faintly ridged and with a sharp but smooth angle between top and bottom surfaces. These are another one of the few differentiating features of Chinese Mallow.

It is a neophyte that occurs casually on rough or waste grounds but does not usually persist, occurring infrequently in Britain from the south thereon north to Central Scotland, and also in the Isle of Mann.


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Distribution
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Malva
(Mallows)

CHINESE MALLOW

Malva verticillata

Mallow Family [Malvaceae]