SMALLER TREE-MALLOW

Malva pseudolavatera

(Formerly: Lavatera cretica)
Mallow Family [Malvaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8lilac flower8pink
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round

14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Growing up to 1.5m high (and half as wide). It is not woody, therefore not a tree, but the trunk is 4cm wide and a metre high.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Very much like Common Mallow, but Smaller Tree-mallow is slightly taller and the outer sepal ring (the epicalyx) forms a lobed cup.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Smaller Tree-mallow is also paler green than is Common Mallow.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flowers of Smaller Tree-mallow are also paler colour (a pinkish-lilac colour rather than pinkish-purple of Common Mallow).


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Leaves dull and matte on top surface.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Flowers with 5 petals with a compact bunch of stamens in the centre.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Mallows have two calyxes, an outer, the epicalyx, which in Smaller Tree-mallow forms a lobed cup. The inner one is still enclosing many of the as-yet un-opened flowers. Both sorts have 5 lobes.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
More dissected and disassembled parts of the mallow follow.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Petals 10-20mm long, lilac in colour.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Underside of leaf. Leaves shallowly 5-lobed or 7-lobed with irregular bluntish teeth.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Very short hairs on underside of leaves.


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The younger parts of the plant have stellate hairs (branching from one point at the top, like a star)


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


14th May 2008, manure heap, Hardingshute, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


Easily confused with : Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris) [a plant of similar name]

Some similarities to : Tree Mallow (Malva arborea)

It is an annual or biennial plant, and likes to grow on bare ground, in farmyards and on waysides, usually near the sea. This specimen on bare manure in a farmyard.


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Distribution
 family8Mallow family8Malvaceae

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Malva
(Mallows)

SMALLER TREE-MALLOW

Malva pseudolavatera

(Formerly: Lavatera cretica)
Mallow Family [Malvaceae]