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Pakistan | Family List | Malvaceae

Malope Linn., Sp. Pl. 692. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 309. 1754; Hutch., Gen. Fl. Pl. 2: 539. 1967.

Usually annual, rarely perennial herbs, glabrous or hairy. Leaves entire or 3-5-lobed. Flowers showy, red, purple or white; epicalyx segments 3, large, free, cordate, triangular or ovate-cuneate. Calyx 5 lobed. Petals 5. Staminal tube divided into numerous filaments. Carpels numerous, irregularly arranged around the style in many whorls; locule 1-ovuled; style as many as carpels. Fruit a schizocarp; mericarps separating, indehiscent. Seed 1 in each mericarp.

A small genus of 3 or 4 species distributed in Mediterranean region. In Pakistan it is representated by 1 cultivated species. The genus is a new record from Pakistan.

Lower Taxon


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