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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: Palaua
Species: P. camanensis – P. concinna – P. dissecta – P. guentheri – P. inconspicua – P. malvifolia – P. modesta – P. mollendoensis – P. moschata – P. pusilla – P. rhombifolia – P. sandemanii – P. tomentosa – P. trisepala – P. velutina – P. weberbaueri

Palaua Cav. Diss. 1: 40. (1785)

Type species: Palaua moschata Cav. Diss. 1: 41, t. 11. (1785)


Palaua Ruiz & Pav., Fl. Peruv. Prodr. 100, t. 22. (1794), nom. illeg.

Primary references

Cavanilles, A.J. 1785. Dissertatio botanica de Sida, et de quibusquam plantis quae cum illa affinitatem habent. Pp. 1–47, tt. 1–13 in Monadelphiae Classis Dissertationes Decem, part 1. Apud Franciscum Amb. Didot, Parisiis [Paris]. BHL Reference page. : 40


Hassler, M. 2019. Palaua. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 13. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2016. Palaua. Published online. Accessed: May 24 2016.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Palaua in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 13. Reference page. 2016. Palaua. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2016 May 24.

Palaua is a genus of malvaceous plants native to the Andes. It shares with Malope and Kitaibelia the property of possessing capitate schizocarps, and was formerly classified with them in a subfamily Malopoideae or tribe Malopeae. It is now considered to be more closely related to Sphaeralcea, and to other Andean mallows.

It is native to Peru and northern Chile.[2]

The genus name of Palaua is in honour of Antonio Palau y Verdera (1734–1793), a Spanish naturalist.[3] It was first described and published in Diss. Vol.1 on page 40 in 1785.[2]
Known species

According to Kew,[2]

Palaua camanensis Ferreyra & Chanco
Palaua concinna (Phil.) I.M.Johnst.
Palaua dissecta Benth.
Palaua guentheri Bruns
Palaua inconspicua I.M.Johnst.
Palaua malvifolia Cav.
Palaua modesta (Phil.) Reiche & Johow
Palaua mollendoensis Ulbr.
Palaua moschata Cav.
Palaua pusilla Ulbr.
Palaua rhombifolia Graham
Palaua sandemanii (Sandwith) Fryxell
Palaua tomentosa Hochr.
Palaua trisepala Hochr.
Palaua velutina Ulbr. & A.W.Hill
Palaua weberbaueri Ulbr.

The genus is recognised by United States Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Research Service, but they only accept the following species; Palaua biserrata, Palaua glabra, Palaua lanceolata, Palaua scabra and Palaua tomentosa.[1]

"genus Palaua". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) online database. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
"Palaua Cav. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
Stearn, William (2002). Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. London: Cassell. ISBN 978-0-304-36469-5.

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