Malva neglecta, cheeses



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Intermountain Flora
Annual or perrenial herb, from a branched caudex; herbage hirsutulous, mostly of simple hairs, but some stellate hairs intermixed, especially on the leaf lamina; stems prostrate, often branched near the base, 1.6-6 dm long; leaves all cauline, the petiole (4) 8-16 cm long, the blade 1-7.5 cm long, 1.5-5 (6.5) cm wide, reniformorbicular, crenate-dentate, obscurely 5 (7)-lobed, palmately veined; stipules lancelate; inflorescence of 3- or 4-flowered fascicles in the leaf axils; pedicels 10-35 mm long, becoming recurved in fruit; involucel of 3 lanceolate or linear bractlets subtending the calyx, 3-5 mm long; calyx 5.5-7 mm long, the lobes ovate, acuminate, 3-nerved; petals 8.5-12 mm long, oblanceolate, narrowing into a short, ciliate claw, white to pink-lavender; staminal column 3.5-5 mm long, bearing anthers in its upper 1/3 styles slender, with the stigmatic surface along the inner side; schizocarp of 13-15 beakless, 1-seeded, indehiscent mericarps forming a ring 4.8-7.5 mm in diam, each mericarp 1.5-2 mm high, 2-2.3 mm wide in side view, rounded dorsally and without sculpturing, puberlant with simple hairs; seeds dark brown; 2n = 42.

Cronquist, A., Holmgren, N.H., and Holmgren, P.K. (2005) "Intermountain Flora" pg. 43-44, vol. 2 part B, The New York Botanical Garden New York.