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Malva neglecta . Wallr
Malva rotundifolia sensu L(1754) et auct, non L(1753)Common mallow

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Aphididae  Acyrthosiphon ( @ AMNH_PBI (1)
Apidae  Melissodes bimaculata @ PN- (1)
Coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata @ I_LB (23)

Cycloneda polita @ I_LB (1)
Colletidae  Hylaeus mesillae @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Pseudococcidae  Phenacoccus solani @ CSCA_TCN (1)
_  Cicadellidae @ PN- (2)

Formicidae @ PN- (1)

Rhopalidae @ PN- (2)

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Malva neglecta Wallr.

Malva neglecta plant

Family - Malvaceae

Stems - Procumbent to ascending, to +60cm long, multiple from base, typically simple, herbaceous, stellate pubescent, from taproot.

Leaves - Alternate, petiolate, stipulate. Stipules to 5mm long, 3mm broad, ciliate-margined, acute. Petioles to +10cm long, stellate pubescent, reduced upward. Blades to +/-5cm broad and long, reniform, dentate, stellate pubescent. Margins ciliate.

Malva neglecta leaf

Inflorescence - Flowers in fascicles of 1-4 per leaf axil. Peduncles to +2cm long in flower, longer in fruit, stellate pubescent.

Flowers - Corolla of 5 petals united at base to stamen column. Petals to +/-1cm long, pinkish with darker pink lines, glabrous externally and mostly internally but pubescent near base internally(on claws). Stamen column pubescent. Anthers pale yellow to whitish. Ovary a ring of 13 carpels. Style branches exserted from stamen column, pinkish-purple. Calyx 5-lobed, subtended by 3 linear bracts. Bracts 3-4mm long, stellate pubescent. Calyx lobes acute, 4mm long in flower, accrescent, stellate pubescent. Carpels pubescent in fruit.

Malva neglecta calyx Calyx and small bracts.

Malva neglecta flower

Flowering - April - October.

Habitat - Waste ground, fields, lawns, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Eurasia and north Africa.

Other info. - This species can form large mats if conditions are right. The little flowers are quite striking but the plant should not be willingly spread as it is introduced in the U.S.
There are 5 other species of Malva found in Missouri and all are introduced. M. neglecta is the most common.

Photographs taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 5-17-00.


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Kingdom Plantae  
 Phylum Magnoliophyta  
 Class Magnoliopsida  
 Order Malvales  
 Family Malvaceae  
 Genus Malva  
  Malva neglecta    Wall., 1824 
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Synonyms: Malva pusilla Malva rotundifolia   details
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Malva neglecta Wallr.
common mallow

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General Information
Symbol: MANE
Group: Dicot
Family: Malvaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : AK   I
HI   I
L48   I
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Symbol Scientific Name
MARO Malva rotundifolia auct. non L.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Malvales
Family Malvaceae – Mallow family
Genus Malva L. – mallow
Species Malva neglecta Wallr. – common mallow

Subordinate Taxa

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U.S. Weed Information
Malva neglecta buttonweed cheeseplant cheeseweed common mallow This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
KY Haragan, P.D.. 1991. Weeds of Kentucky and adjacent states: a field guide . The University Press of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky.
N'EAST Uva, R.H., J.C. Neal,and J.M. DiTomaso. 1997. Weeds of the Northeast . Cornell University Press. Ithaca, New York.
NE&GP Stubbendieck, J., G.Y. Friisoe,and M.R. Bolick. 1994. Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains . Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry. Lincoln, Nebraska.
SWSS Southern Weed Science Society. 1998. Weeds of the United States and Canada. CD-ROM . Southern Weed Science Society. Champaign, Illinois.
WSWS Whitson, T.D. (ed.) et al.. 1996. Weeds of the West . Western Society of Weed Science in cooperation with Cooperative Extension Services, University of Wyoming. Laramie, Wyoming.

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