DWARF MALLOW

Malva neclecta

Mallow Family [Malvaceae]

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status
statusZarchaeophyte
flower
flower8pink
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZbisexual

29th May 2011, St Helens, Duver, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Struggling to get its heads above the constantly wind-blown sands. It is a prostrate to erct plant.


29th May 2011, St Helens, Duver, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The leaves are a duller green than those of Small Mallow (Malva pusilla).


29th May 2011, St Helens, Duver, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Basal leaves are 4 to 7cm across - but it is hard to tell if these are basal, which may be submerged beneath the sand...


29th May 2011, St Helens, Duver, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


29th May 2011, St Helens, Duver, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


26th June 2017, possibly the same place? Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Fully opened flowers are between 1.8 to 2.5cm across. The petals are pink merging to whitish near the centre, with a deeper pink stripe along the centreline.


26th June 2017, possibly the same place? Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flower stalk tapers noticeably to the flower.


26th June 2017, possibly the same place? Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The slower stalks look round until you look on the otherside where there is a strange rack-toothed groove (the 'fibulated' anthers of Pellitory-of-the-Wall are also ribbed like a rack [but without a pinion]). Your Author does not know if this is an identifying feature of Dwarf Mallow: no other source mentions it!


26th June 2017, possibly the same place? Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The sepal cup has 4 appendages; two thin long ones each side of the flower stalk directed away from the stalk-groove, and two shorter ones pointing along that groove. There is a 5th even shorter one between the last two mentioned. These are probably the 5 parts belonging to the epicalyx which surrounds the calyx (aka sepal cup). The petals are ≥2 × longer than the sepals.


The nutlets on Dwarf Mallow are smooth, have short hairs and the petals are usually 2 to 3 times longer than the sepals

It is an archaeophyte and a denizen - that is - it behaves as if it was a native and can compete with already established plants. It is frequently found in central and southern Britain, and also in the Channel Islands. But it is found scattered in Northern England, Wales. Ireland and Scotland where it is often only a casual.


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Distribution
 family8Mallow family8Malvaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Malva
Malva
(Mallows)

DWARF MALLOW

Malva neclecta

Mallow Family [Malvaceae]