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Malvella sagittifolia (Malvaceae)

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Scientific Name Malvella sagittifolia (Sida leprosa var. sagittifolia) USDA PLANTS Symbol
MASA3
Common Name Arrowleaf Mallow, Arrowleaf Scurfy Sida ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
21847
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Clay, igneous or saline soils in flats, open and rocky areas.
Plant: Low, trailing perennial with scaley stems that are up to 18 inches long.
Leaves: Narrow triangular leaves 5/8 to 1-3/8 inches long, usually 3 to 5 times as long as wide with 2 to 4 hastate lobes near the bases; silvery scales on surfaces.
Inflorescence: Solitary, white, cup-shaped flowers up to 1-3/8 inches across with 5 petals arising from leaf axils; white stamens and style with 7 or 8 branches; normally white petals may be slightly yellow and become pinkish in age.
Bloom Period: Spring through fall.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, Flora of North America, SEINet and Sida leprosa var. sagittifolia in "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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