Malva assurgentiflora

(Kellogg) M. F. Ray

Novon 8: 290. 1998

Common names: Island mallow malva rosa
EndemicSelected by author to be illustratedWeedy
Basionyms: Lavatera assurgentiflora Kellogg Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 1: 14. 1854
Synonyms: L. assurgentiflora subsp. glabra Philbrick Saviniona assurgentiflora Greene S. clementina Greene S. reticulata unknown
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 288. Mentioned on page 286.
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Illustrator: Linny Heagy
Shrubs, 1–4 m, stellate-hairy to glabrate. Stems erect to decumbent, base woody. Leaves: stipules early-deciduous, lanceolate to ovate, 2–4 × 0.6–1.5 mm, minutely stellate-puberulent; petiole as long as or longer than blade; blade free filaments 1–2 mm; anthers on distal 1/2; style 6–10-branched (same number as locules), purplish; stigmas 6–10 (same number as locules), purplish. Schizocarps 12–16 mm diam.; mericarps 6–10, 6–7 mm, apical face and margins sharp-edged, surfaces smooth to faintly ribbed, glabrous or puberulent on apical surface. Seeds dark brown, 4 mm, nearly as thick as long, notch slight. 2n = ca. 40.

Phenology: Flowering Feb–Jun and Sep–Oct, sporadically year-round.
Habitat: Coastal bluffs, disturbed areas
Elevation: 0–400 m


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Calif., introduced in Mexico, Central America (Guatemala), South America (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru), Pacific Islands (New Zealand), Australia.


Malva assurgentiflora, traditionally placed in Lavatera, has long been cultivated as an ornamental or windbreak in California and is native only on the Channel Islands. It has become naturalized on the mainland as well as in Mexico and sparingly elsewhere. The shrubby habit, large flowers with dark-veined petals, and thick, hemispheric, fruits make it distinctive; it is our only native species of Malva. The petals are often recurved with age, and the corky mericarps float and are tolerant of salt water. Further study may indicate that there are two distinct subspecies, as suggested by R. N. Philbrick (1980).



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Malva assurgentiflora"
AuthorSteven R. Hill +
Authority(Kellogg) M. F. Ray +
BasionymsLavatera assurgentiflora +
Common nameIsland mallow + and malva rosa +
DistributionCalif. +, introduced in Mexico +, Central America (Guatemala) +, South America (Bolivia +, Chile +, Ecuador +, Peru) +, Pacific Islands (New Zealand) + and Australia. +
Elevation0–400 m +
HabitatCoastal bluffs, disturbed areas +
IllustratorLinny Heagy +
PhenologyFlowering Feb–Jun and Sep–Oct, sporadically year-round. +
Publication titleNovon +
Publication year1998 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V6/V6 525.xml +
Special statusEndemic +, Selected by author to be illustrated + and Weedy +
SynonymsL. assurgentiflora subsp. glabra +, Saviniona assurgentiflora +, S. clementina + and S. reticulata +
Taxon familyMalvaceae +
Taxon nameMalva assurgentiflora +
Taxon parentMalva +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 6 +