Malva neglecta Wallr.

Dwarf Mallow

Syll. Pl. Nov. 1: 140 (1824) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate annual, stems to c. 1 m long. Leaves ± orbicular, cordate at base, c. 2–6 cm long and wide, entire or very shallowly 5-lobed, margins crenate or toothed, surfaces downy, upper with simple hairs, lower with denser, mainly stellate hairs. Epicalyx-lobes linear, 3–5 mm long, attached at base of calyx; calyx-lobes acute, divided to c. midway, 5–7 mm long; petals c. 2–2.5 times as long as calyx, pink to white. Fruit 5–8 mm diam., fruiting calyx slightly enlarged with lobes erect to slightly incurved, mericarps c. 15, smooth, rounded dorsally, adjacent margins ± smooth, appearing as broad radiating grooves on entire fruit, glabrous to densely short-hispid. Flowers mainly Oct.–May.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe, north-west Africa, south-west Asia. Moderately common on fertile, well-watered sites (gardens, pastures, roadsides, stockyards etc.).

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-12
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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 neglecta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Malva neglecta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland 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 introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory