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Malva parviflora Linn., Demonstr. Pl.Hort.Ups. 18. 1753. Amoen-Acad.3:316,1455; Sp.Pl.ed.2.269.1763; Boiss.,l.c.820:Mast., in Hook.f., l.c.321; Stewart in Nasir & Ali l.c 481.

Annual, prostrate-procumbent herb. Stem up to 60 cm long, sparsely stellate pubescent to glabrescent. Leaves orbicular, cordate at base, 2-4 cm long, 2-6 cm broad, upper surface with generally sparsely simple or 2-rayed hairs or glabrous, lower surface more hairy, simple, 2 rayed and stellate, often 3-7-lobed, crenate-serrate; stipules lanceolate to ovate, 2-5 mm long, 1-2 mm broad, ciliate margined; petiole 3-17 cm long, simple and stellate hairy, more so to wards the apex. Flowers axillary usually fascicled, compact, rarely solitary; pedicel 3-5 mm long, usually not visible, stellate pubescent, in fruit a few up to 10 mm long, glabrescent. Epicalyx segments linear, c. 7 mm long, 1 mm broad, stellate pubescent. Calyx 3-5 mm long, densely stellate pubescent, free nearly to the middle, accrescent in fruit, c. 1 cm long. Petals white, pinkish at the tips, usually shorter than or equal to sepals, occasionally longer, slightly notched above, glabrous, oblong, slightly narrow at base. Staminal column glabrous c.2 mm long. Fruit discoid, (3-) 5-6 mm across, mericarps (8-) 10, dorsally with raised reticulate venation, radially transversely ribbed, 1.5-2 mm across in all direction margin winged. Seed 1 mm long and broad, brown, black glabrous.

Holotype: Linn.Herb.870.17 (LINN!).

Distribution: Europe, N.Africa, S. and W-Asia,.

In the Linnaean Herbarium (LINN) there are 2 sheets of this species viz. 870.16 and 810.17 bearing specific epithet parviflora in the handwriting of Linnaeus. The specimen on the former sheet does not match with this description. While the specimen on the latter sheet bears fasciculate, subsessile flowers and fruits and is in agreement with his description. This is considered as bolo-type.


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