Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Malvella lepidota (Gray) Fryxell
Disella lepidota (Gray) Greene
Sida lepidota Gray
Sida lepidota Gray var. depauperata Gray
Seda leprosa (Ortega) K. Schumann var. depauperata (Gray) I. Clement
Malva lepidota is a perennial weedy, prostrate herb. It is covered in stellate hairs. The leaves are roughly triangular and dentate. Most notably, the leaf base is quite obviously asymmetrical. The flower petals are bright white. Malva lepidota is found in town and on roadsides.
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Malva lepidota, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, Silver City, Aug. 12, 2008
Malva lepidota, closeup flower, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, Silver City, Aug. 12, 2008
Malva lepidota, asymmetrical leaf base, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Knight Canyon, Aug. 18, 2013
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