Tree mallow

Tree mallow

Malva dendromorpha

Common Name:

Tree mallow

Scientific Name:

Malva dendromorpha


Alternative common names:

Bush mallow, Cornish tree mallow, lavatera, tree mallow, tree-mallow, velvet tree-mallow.

Description:

Tree mallow is a shrub that grows up to 3m high with a stem which is greyish white and a woody base.The leaves are velvety hairy up to 200mm long, shaped like an open palm, lobed with five to nine lobes. Flowers are bright pink or lilac with dark veins and throat 30-40mm across in clusters of 2-7 that grow out from leaf axiles.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

Europe and North Africa.

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

NEMBA 1b.

Where does this species come from?

Europe and North Africa.

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal.

Why is it a problem?

Potential to out compete and replace natural vegetation.

What does it look like?

Leaves: The leaves are velvety hairy up to 200mm long, shaped like an open palm, lobed with five to nine lobes.

Flowers: Flowers are bright pink or lilac with dark veins and throat 30-40mm across in clusters of 2-7 that grow out from leaf axiles.

Fruit/seeds: The fruits are small brown and dry, 6-8 seeds are produced in each fruit.

Does the plant have any uses?

Ornamental, fodder, honey source.

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