MUSK MALLOW

Malva moschata

Mallow Family [Malvaceae]

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statusZnative
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flower8lilac flower8pink
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round

31st Aug 2011, Moses Gate Country Pk, Farnworth, Gtr Mcr. Photo: © RWD
Growing amidst Wood Cranesbill, which also has cut leaves.


31st Aug 2011, Moses Gate Country Pk, Farnworth, Gtr Mcr. Photo: © RWD
The large deeply cut leaves here are those of the five-petalled blue Wood Cranesbill; the leaves of Musk Mallow are also deeply cut, but smaller and much finer (deep down bottom middle).


31st Aug 2011, Moses Gate Country Pk, Farnworth, Gtr Mcr. Photo: © RWD
A mass of flowers growing wild, leaves in bottom right.


20th July 2007, Cartmel, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Forms small clusters.


14th July 2010, Freshfields, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Shorter than Common Mallow growing up to only 80cm. Flowers mainly at the top, but also on side-branches up the side.


11th July 2006, Adstone, Shropshire. Photo: © RWD
A branched plant with deeply and narrowly cut leaves not un-like those of Cut-Leaved Cranesbill.


6th July 2005, Walkden Loop lines, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers rose-pink, a lighter colour than those of the lilac to mauve flowers of Common Mallow.


11th July 2006, Adstone, Shropshire. Photo: © RWD
Flowers have five petals with a well-rounded notch.


6th July 2005, Walkden Loop lines, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Five sepals around un-opened buds giving it a ridged appearance.


12th July 2014, Wigg Island, Runcorn, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
A flower with several aa-yet un-opened flower buds beneath and deeply-divided leaves beneath those.


11th July 2006, Adstone, Shropshire. Photo: © RWD
Petals not quite symmetric.


20th July 2007, Cartmel, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A central column bears a cluster of stamens with purple coloured anthers atop.


27th June 2009, Blackleach Country Pk, Walkden, Gtr Mcr. Photo: © RWD
Flower stems are long and thin. A few straggly long hairs adorn the stems.


27th June 2009, Blackleach Resr, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Like all Mallows, it has two concentric sets of five sepals; a broad set cut to just over half-way, and an outer darker, shorter and much narrower set beneath.


27th June 2009, Blackleach Resr, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flower buds have a conical shape.


27th June 2009, Blackleach Resr, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
As it un-folds, the reason for the slight asymmetry becomes apparent.


27th June 2009, Blackleach Resr, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Petals un-furling from a five-lead spiral. sepals hairy.


20th July 2007, Cartmel, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves deeply and narrowly cut.


27th June 2009, Blackleach Resr, Walkden, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Stem with simple hairs, not stellate as with Greater Musk-mallow (Malva alcea) half as hairy as is Common Mallow




ALBINO VARIETY - GARDEN

6th July 2005, Walkden Loop lines, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Also comes in white.


15th Aug 2011, nr Hayfield, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Growing in someones garden, therefore possibly? a cultivar variety.


Easily confused with : Greater Musk Mallow (Malva alcea) which is larger but has stellate hairs, where all the hairs have radiating arms in a star-formation, whereas the hairs on Musk Mallow are all simple.

Not to be semantically confused with : Musk Thistle, Musk Storksbill or Musk Orchid [plants with similar names]

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : The Mallow shaped flowers with the finely divided narrow leaves and simple rather than stellate hairs.

No relation to : Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans), Musk Storksbill (Erodium moschatum) or Musk Orchid (Herminium monorchis) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].


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MUSK MALLOW

Malva moschata

Mallow Family [Malvaceae]

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