Arrow-leaf Mallow

Malvella sagitifolia

Arrow-leaf Mallow, Malvella sagittifolia, Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in the Vekol Valley, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA, 29 March 2015.


FLOWERS: Small mallow flowers are pale yellow or pink to nearly white. The numerous stamens are fused by their filaments into a column surrounding the style. Blooms mid spring.

PERENNIAL: The roots and below ground stem survive from one wet season to the next. The herbaceous stems trail along the ground within the boundary layer.

LEAVES: Leaves are covered with numerous, silvery hairs that help reflect the hot sunshine. Arrow-shaped.

RANGE: Distributed from southeastern California to northern Mexico. They grow mostly on desert pans - flat areas with fine-grained soils and poor drainage. These are temporarily inundated after rare rainstorms.

FRUIT: Dry capsules in a disc-shaped arrangement.


Malvaceae -- Mallow Family

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