Malvastrum coromandelianum (L.) Garcke

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Malvastrum coromandelianum

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Along fence by entrance science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Malva coromandeliana L.
Common names: Prickly malvastrum (English)
Status: Introduced
Annual or short-lived perennial suffrutex, less than 1 m with most parts covered in rough stellate hairs. Leaves lanceolate; margins coarsely serrate. Flowers solitary in the upper leaf axils, cream or pale yellow. Epicalyx segments linear, 5 × 1 mm. This species is similar to Sida spp. but is distinguished by the prescence of epicalyx bracts.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A weed of disturbed places, roadsides, old cultivation and rubbish dumps.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native to North America and a now pantropical weed.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Content last updated: Wednesday 21 July 2021

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 154.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 503.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 61.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 85.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Malvastrum coromandelianum., retrieved 24 February 2024

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