Lavatera arborea; Malva dendromorpha M.F.Ray (1998)
Vascular – Exotic
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
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Terrestrial. Waste places, cultivated land, Coastal sites.
Stout biennial herb, usually with a single stem up to 2 m tall. Stems hairy when young, becoming hairless and woody at base when older. Leaves velvety to the touch, with 5-7 lobes, up to 20 cm across. Lilac to purple flowers arranged in clusters at end and along upper parts of the stem. 6-8 seeds per fruit.
There are several other large Malva species that have naturalised in New Zealand.
August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May.
Spreads by seed, 6-8 seeds produced by each fruit. Dispersed by soil movement.
W. and S. Europe, N. Africa
Reason for introduction
Prefers high light, thrives in disturbed sites and can tolerate salt.
arborea: From the Latin arbor ‘tree’, meaning tree-like
Long known as Lavatera arborea, in 1998 this species was transferred to Malva by Ray (1998).
References and further reading
Ray, M.F. 1998: New combinations in Malva (Malvaceae: Malveae). Novon 8: 288-295.
Hill, S.R. 2009: Notes on California Malvaceae including nomenclatural changes and additions to the flora. Madroño 5.