Malva sylvestris

Family (Traditional)Malvaceae
Species:Malva sylvestris L.
Common NameHigh Mallow; Common Mallow; Cheeses
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; Duration: Biennial; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Moisture Requirements: Xeric; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Pink; Carpel Number/Pistil: 8; Carpel Number/Pistil: 9; Carpel Number/Pistil: 10; Carpel Number/Pistil: 11; Carpel Number/Pistil: 12; Carpel Number/Pistil: 13+; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Schizocarp; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 8; Ovules per Carpel: 9; Ovules per Carpel: 10; Ovules per Carpel: 11; Ovules per Carpel: 12; Ovules per Carpel: 13+; Perianth Present: Yes; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 13+
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; TN[SNA] KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Malva mauritiana Malva mauritiana L.
Malva sylvestris subsp. mauritiana Malva sylvestris subsp. mauritiana (L.) Thellung
Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana (L.) Boiss.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Campbell (KY), Fayette (KY), Jefferson (KY), Anderson (TN), Knox (TN), Lewis (TN), Montgomery (TN), Unicoi (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, KNK, TENN, UTM

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1912 - 1912

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31973000016200 Campbell Kentucky
Malva sylvestris
31973000016199 Campbell Kentucky
Malva sylvestris
TENN-V-0147239 Lewis Tennessee
Malva sylvestris
APSC0009858 Knox Tennessee
Malva sylvestris
APSC0009857 Montgomery Tennessee
Malva sylvestris
31234100541687 Fayette Kentucky 26 Jul 1912 H. Garman
Malva sylvestris
TENN-V-0147238 Anderson Tennessee
Malva sylvestris
APSC0087646 Jefferson Kentucky
Malva sylvestris
TENN-V-0147240 Unicoi Tennessee
Malva sylvestris
UTM01115 Tennessee
Malva sylvestris
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