Malva neglecta Wallr.
2053 (6). M. neglecta Wallr., Syll. Pl. Nov. Ratisbon. (Königl. Baier. Bot. Ges.) I (1824) 140; Hayek, Prodr. Fl. Penins. Balc. I (1925) 548; Dalby, Fl. Eur. II (1968) 251; M. rotundifolia L. Sp. Pl. ed. 1 (1753) 688 p. p.; M. borealis auct. bulg. non Wallm.; M. vulgaris Ten., Fl. Neopol. Prodr. Suppl. I (1811— 1815) 62 — Незабележим слез
Fam: Malvaceae Juss.
Genus: Malva L.
Species: Malva neglecta Wallr.
English Name: Common mallow
Annual to perennial plant. The roots are spindle-shaped, fleshy. Stems 7 - 60 cm long, lying or ascending, rarely erect, branched from the base, with star-shaped hairs and single simple or bundled hairs. Stipules 3 - 4 mm long, asymmetrically ovoid to triangularly ovate, green or bluish, fibrous, fringed, ciliate. Leaves 15 - 60 mm long and 10 - 35 mm wide, kidney-shaped to almost circular, with 5 - 7 indistinct, rounded, rounded toothed shares; fibrous to almost naked above; bottom fibrous; petioles 20 - 270 mm long, scattered fibrous. Blossom petioles up to 40 mm long, fibrous, with single glandular hairs; when the fruit is horizontal or downwards. The blossoms are numerous; 2 - 6, rarely single in the grooves of the leaves at the base of the stem. External sepals 3 - 5 mm long, linear to linear lance, fibrous, fringed; inner 4 - 7 mm long, fused to half, with broad triangular ovoid, pointed free shares; on both sides fibrous, fringed on the edge; in non-growing fruit, almost covering the latter. Petals 8 - 14 mm long, ovate back, incised at the tip, the nail silky fibrous; pink, pale purple to whitish, with darker veins. Stamens about 6 mm long, with short hairs bent downwards. Fruit 6 - 8 mm in diameter, disintegrating into 10 - 16 brownish green fruit shares; the dorsal wall of the latter rounded, smooth to slightly wrinkled, barely wrinkled, fibrous to bare; lateral walls smooth, mossy to bare; the edges are blunt. Seeds whitish to dark brown, with more or less pronounced pits, glabrous.
From: „Флора на Н Р България”, том VII, БАН, София, (1979)
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Malva neglecta is an annual growing to 0.6 m (2 ft). It is also known as common mallow in the United States and also buttonweed, cheeseplant, cheeseweed, dwarf mallow and roundleaf mallow. This plant is often consumed as a food, with its leaves, stalks and seed all being considered edible. This is especially true of the seeds, which contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat.
Macaronesia: Canary Islands
Northern Africa: Algeria, Morocco
Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia
Western Asia: Afghanistan, Cyprus, Sinai, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Turkey
Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Soviet Middle Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Indian Subcontinent: India, Pakistan
Northern Europe: Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
Middle Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland
Southeastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Sardinia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania,
Southwestern Europe: France, Portugal, Spain
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Flowering Time: Blooms: V - IX.
Distribution in Bulgaria: Growing in grassy mostly ruder places, along roads, in plains, hills and mountains. Widespread, from sea level up to 1500 m altitude. (Conspectus of the Bulgarian Vascular Flora) = conspectus&gs_l= Zlc.
Distribution: It is widespread. Europe (excluding the extreme north and south), western (up to Baikal and Tibet) and southwestern Asia (Asia Minor), northwestern Africa. Introduced in the North and partly in South America (Chile) and Australia.
Conservation status and threats: not protected species in Bulgaria by the Biodiversity Law. - Biological Diversity Act - http://eea.government.bg/bg/legislation/biodiversity/zbran_22.08.15.pdf
Medical plant: yes, it ismedical plant. - Medicinal Plants Act - http://eea.government.bg/bg/legislation/biodiversity/ZLR_en.pdf
References: „Флора на Н Р България”, том VII, БАН, София, (1979), Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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