Malvella leprosa (Ortega) Krapov.
Family: Malvaceae
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Plant: perennial herb; trailing stems with a mixture of stellate hairs and some semi-lepidote hairs Leaves: more or less reniform, serrate, obtuse to subacute, dentate, 1-3.5 cm long Flowers: solitary in leaf axils; with the pedicel subequal to corresponding petiole; bractlets of involucel filiform (sometimes absent); calyx 8-10 mm long, stellate-pubescent; petals 12-15 mm long Fruit: FRUITS oblate schizocarp, ca. 7 mm diameter; mericarps; SEEDS solitary, glabrous Misc: On roadsides and in fields, often in saline soils;; 50-1500 m (100-5000 ft); flowering throughout the year, or at least in summer months more northerly REFERENCES: Fryxell, Paul A. 1994. Malvaceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. Volume 27(2), 222-236.
Martin and Hutchins 1980, Kearney and Peebles 1969
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Trailing stems with a mixture of stellate hairs and lepidote scales. Leaves: Triangular, acute, irregularly dentate, 1-2 cm long. Flowers: Pedicel subequal to the corresponding leaf, involucel usually absent, calyx 6-8 mm long, lepidote, petals 12-15 mm long. Fruits: Oblate, 5-6 mm in diameter, mericarps about 7, dorsally rounded. Ecology: Found in heavy, saline soils on roadsides or mud flats from 4,500-5,500 ft (1372-1676 m); flowers throughout year. Notes: The stellate puberulence on the backs of the petals is a striking character. Ethnobotany: Used for dysentery, diarrhea, and inflammation of the bowels. Etymology: Malvella is a diminutive of Malva meaning little malva, while leprosa means scurfy or spotted like a leper. Synonyms: Sida hederacea, S. leprosa, S. leprosa var. hederacea Editor: SBuckley, 2010
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