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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Malvales

Familia: Malvaceae
Subfamilia: Malvoideae
Tribus: Malveae
Genus: Malvella
Species: M. lepidota – M. leprosa – M. sagittifolia – M. sherardiana
Name

Malvella Jaub. & Spach, Ill. Pl. Orient. t. 444. 1855.
Type species: Malvella sherardiana Jaub.

Synonyms

Heterotypic
Disella Greene, Leafl. Bot. Observ. Crit. 1: 209. 1906.
Type species: Disella hederacea (Douglas) Greene
Sida sect. Pseudomalvastrum A.Gray
Type species: Sida hederacea (Douglas) Torr. ex A.Gray

References

Jaubert, H.F. & Spach, É. (1855) Illustrationes Plantarum Orientalium t. 444.

Malvella is a small genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. There are four species, one native to the Mediterranean, and three native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. The plants were formerly classified in genus Sida.[1]
Description

These are generally perennial herbs, sometimes annual, growing in a prostrate or decumbent form. They are coated with star-shaped or scaly hairs. The silvery-haired leaves have asymmetrical blades. Flowers grow singly in the leaf axils. They are whitish or yellow, fading pink. The fruit is a capsule with 7 to 10 segments that do not break apart.[2]
Species

Species include:[3][4]

Malvella lepidota – scurfy mallow
Malvella leprosa – alkali mallow
Malvella sagittifolia – arrowleaf mallow
Malvella sherardiana

References

Hinsley, S. R. The Malvella page. Malvaceae.info.
Malvella. The Jepson eFlora 2013.
Malvella. The Plant List.
Malvella. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

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