Malvaviscus arboreus Cav.

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Malvaviscus arboreus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pink Papaya, Chimoio

Malvaviscus arboreus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pink Papaya, Chimoio

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Common names: Wax mallow (English)
Description: Shrub, to 4 m. Leaves variable, from narrowly ovate to almost circular; entire, toothed or palmately lobed. Flowers solitary or in groups of 2-3 in the leaf axils, semi-pendulous; red, the petals remaining forward-pointing and not opening outwards.
Derivation of specific name: arboreus: tree-like
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Worldwide distribution: Mexico to Peru and Brazil.
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Malvaviscus arboreus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Malvaviscus arboreus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Malvaviscus arboreus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Malvaviscus arboreus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Malvaviscus arboreus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Malvaviscus arboreus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Malvaviscus arboreus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Malvaviscus arboreus
iNaturalist: Malvaviscus arboreus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Malvaviscus arboreus
JSTOR Plant Science: Malvaviscus arboreus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Malvaviscus arboreus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Malvaviscus arboreus
Plants of the World Online: Malvaviscus arboreus
Tropicos: Malvaviscus arboreus
Wikipedia: Malvaviscus arboreus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Malvaviscus arboreus., retrieved 1 April 2023

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