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Malva neglecta Wallr., 1824

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Malva neglecta Wallr., 1824
Common names: Common mallow, Dwarf mallow, Buttonweed, Cheeseplant [En], Petit mauve, Mauve négligée [Fr], Klein kaasjeskruid [Nl], Weg-Malve [De], Alboeza [Es], Küçük ebegümeci [Tu]

Spil Mont, MANİSA ● Turkey

Description: Annual plant. The leaves are alternate, the stalks several times the length of the blades, the blades heart- to kidney-shaped, about 1.5-4 cm long, blunt- to sharp-toothed, very inconspicuously 5 to sometimes 7-lobed. The 2 stipules at bases are lanceolate, 0.5-1 cm long.
The flowers are pale pink to nearly white, in clusters of 1 to 3 from leaf axils, on stalks about 1 cm long. Calyx about 6-8 mm long, the 5 lobes triangular, pointed, about half as long. The 3 bracteoles at the base are narrowly lance-shaped. The 5 petals are obovate, about 10 mm long, notched at the tips. Stamens are numerous, joined to a tube at the base, freed higher up singly or in pairs. Style branches 10-15, with stigmas most of their length, not terminally enlarged.
Fruits are capsules, round, flattened lengthwise, cheese-shaped, composed of several wedge-shaped segments, these rounded on the back, short-hairy but otherwise nearly or quite smooth.

Biology: Flowering time: May-September.

Habitat: Waste and cultivated ground, usually on dry soils, frequently in coastal habitats, on dry walls or as a weed of cultivated ground.

Distribution: Native from Europe, Asia and North Africa. From Canary Islands and Morocco to Western China; from Saudi Arabia to Scandinavia. Introduced in United States.

Uses: Leaves and young shoots are edible, raw or cooked. They are highly nutritious. The seeds have a pleasant nutty flavour. They contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat.
The leaves are mucilaginous, when cooked in soups etc, they tend to thicken it in much the same way as okra (Abelmoschatus esculenta).

References:
Montana Plant Life
Wikipedia, Malva neglecta
Plants For A Future



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