Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herbs, shrubs or trees, usually with stellate hairs on vegetative (and sometimes floral) parts, usually producing mucilage. Leaves alternate, simple, petiolate, usually palmately veined; stipules normally present. Inflorescence axillary, leaf-opposed or terminal, mostly many-flowered cymes or panicles, rarely flowers solitary or paired. Flowers bisexual (rarely, unisexual); epicalyx often present; sepals 5, free or united at base; petals 5, free, sometimes minute or absent; stamens usually numerous (rarely as few as 5), the filaments united for most of their length into a tube, sometimes shortly adnate to petals, or free and opposite petals; anthers dehiscing by longitudinal slits or terminal pores; ovary superior, simple or on a gynophore; carpels 1–many (often 5), free or fused; styles free or united. Fruit a loculicidal capsule, separating into mericarps or woody follicles (in Victoria), rarely a berry or samara.

About 243 genera with over 4200 species, almost cosmopolitan but commonest in the tropics; 68 genera and c. 760 species in Australia.

Now includes Sterculiaceae.

Source: Barker, R.M.; Walsh, N.G. (1996). Malvaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
Higher taxa
family Malvaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Abutilon
genus Androcalva
genus Anoda
genus Brachychiton
genus Commersonia
genus Gynatrix
genus Hibiscus
genus Hoheria
genus Howittia
genus Lagunaria
genus Lasiopetalum
genus Lawrencia
genus Malva
genus Malvella
genus Modiola
genus Pavonia
genus Radyera
genus Sida
genus Sphaeralcea
genus Thomasia