Malva parviflora L.

Small-flowered Mallow

Demonstr. Pl. 18 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Variable, prostrate, decumbent or suberect annual, stems to c. 60 cm long. Vegetatively resembling M. nicaeensis. Epicalyx-lobes linear, 2–3 mm long, attached near base of calyx; calyx-lobes obtuse, divided to c. midway, slightly exceeding epicalyx at anthesis; corolla not or barely exceeding calyx, white to pale pink. Fruit 6–8 mm diam., the fruiting calyx often c. twice as wide with recurved margins, mericarps c. 11, strongly reticulate, adjacent margins usually narrowly raised and dentate, stellate-pubescent or glabrous. Flowers most of year.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalized in all States. Native through the Mediterranean region. Common and widespread in pasture, gardens, drains, along roadsides etc., in virtually all but permanently dry or wet sites throughout the State.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Malva. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Malva
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Malva parviflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Malva parviflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory