Althaea ludwigii Linn., Mant. 98. 1767. Boiss., l.c. 824; Mast. in Hook. f.,l.c. 319; Stewart in Nasir & Ali, l.c. 477.
Prostrate to decumbent annual herb, up to 35 cm tall, profusely branched; branches stellate pubescent mixed with few simple hairs. Leaves 7-30 mm long and broad, parted, truncate or shallowly cordate at base, sparsely stellate hairy above, more so below; lobes somewhat obovate to oblong; stipules 3-4 mm long, c. 3 mm broad, ovate; petiole 1-5 cm long, stellate pubescent. Flowers axillary, 1 or 2-3 in fascicles, subsessile; pedicel sometimes slightly enlarging in fruit; epicalyx segments 8-10, 4-5 mm long, connate below, linear or linear-lanceolate, stellate pubescent mixed with tubercled simple hairs. Calyx slightly exceeding the epicalyx, basally connate, enlarged in fruit, somewhat inflated and enclosing, densely stellate pubescent, mixed with simple tubercled hairs, hispid; lobes lanceolate to ovate, acuminate. Corolla up to 1.5 times the length of calyx, white. Staminal tube 2-3 mm long, pubescent. Fruit depressed globose, 4-5 mm across, pubescent; mericarps chartaceous, usually 8-10, 2-2.5 mm across, dorsally 1 mm broad, grooved, with prominent longitudinal nerve, smooth, sharp margined, sides striately wrinkled; torus hairy. Seeds 1 mm across, brown, glabrous.
Holotype: Linn. Herb. n. 868. (LINN!).
Distribution: Russia, W. Asia, Mediterranean region, S. Africa and Pakistan (common in Baluchistan).