Malva nicaeensis All.

Mallow of Nice

Fl. Pedem. 40 (1785) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or biennial, stems prostrate or procumbent, to c. 50 cm long. Leaves orbicular to reniform, cordate at base, c. 1–10 cm long and wide, shallowly 5-lobed, margins crenate or toothed, surfaces with scattered to dense hairs, usually simple above, some forked or stellate below. Epicalyx-lobes elliptic, 2–4 mm long, attached in lower third of calyx; calyx-lobes obtuse, divided to c. midway or a little below, not or barely exceeding epicalyx, slightly enlarged and incurved in fruit; petals 6–12 mm long, pink to bluish. Fruit 5–8 mm diam., mericarps c. 10, strongly reticulate, adjacent margins ± smooth, glabrous. Flowers Oct.–Jun.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean area. Except for the far north-west, a widespread, but occasional weed of roadsides, gutters, gardens and disturbed sites through much of 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.
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 nicaeensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Malva nicaeensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina 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
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory