Taxon: Malva parviflora L.

Genus: Malva
Family: Malvaceae
  Subfamily: Malvoideae
      Tribe: Malveae
Nomen number: 90031
Place of publication: Demonstr. pl. 18. 1753 (Amoen. acad. 3:416. 1756)
Name Verified on: 23-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-Mar-2016
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 11 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Harmful organism host: crop diseases (fide E. J. Ryder, 1999)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2; Kuwait Pl)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Kingsbury; Kellerman et al.; Cooper & Johnson ed2)
  • Weed: (fide F NGalicia)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Kuwait
    • Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan
    • Middle Asia: Turkmenistan
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Cyprus; Egypt - Sinai; Iran; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Malta
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain

  • Naturalized:

    . natzd. elsewhere


    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Malva parviflora L. :


  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image