Malva neglecta

Scientific Name Malva neglecta Wallr.
Common Names English: Dwarf mallow; German: Weg-Malve; French: Mauve à feuilles rondes; Spanish: Malva commún
Description Annual to perennial plant with taproot, originates from Eurasia.

Descriptions

Characteristic Features

Hairy stemmed annual bearing clusters of pink to white flowers.

Cotyledons

Acute triangular to cordate, long-petiolate, cordate emarginate at the petiole.

Stems

Prostrate to ascending, heavily ramified at the base, sparsely haired, often reddish-splotched, up to 50 cm (19.68 inch) high.

Leaves

Reniform to circular, with 5-7 lobed, notched blade with hairs on the underside and margin.

Propagatio Organs

Flowers

Single or in groups, axillary, pedunculate, sepals fused up to the middle, petals inverse ovate, light pink, densely bearded at the base.

Flowering Period

Summer - autumn.

Fruit

Fruit ripe in disk, separating in mericarps.
Carpels smooth or slightly wrinkled, rounded border slightly grooved on the back.

Seeds

Germination in spring.

Viability Of Seeds

5-6 years.

Propagation

By seeds.
300-500 seeds/plant.

Occurrence

Habitat

Waste ground, fields, lawns, roadsides, railroads.

Soil

Nutrient-rich, humus-rich, fresh, loamy soils.

Additional Crop Information

Also in cereals, row crops, orchards, lawns, gardens, landscapes.

Agricultural Importance

Malva neglecta benefits from reduced tillage systems in agricultural fields and can form large weed patches if conditions are suitable. Malva neglecta also is an important weed in turf that suppresses grass growth.

Control

Integrated Crop Management

Hoeing, pulling out young plants, intensive tillage and mechanical weeding often eradicate this weed.

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