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Dwarf Cheeseweed - Malva neglecta
Other Names:  Common Mallow

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Short-hairy annual or biennial. Stems prostrate to ascending, branched below, 20–50 cm. Leaf blades 2–5 cm long, cordate-orbicular, shallowly lobed. Flowers white to light blue; calyx 4–7 mm long, inflated in fruit; petals ca. 10 mm long with a pubescent claw. Schizocarp 4–7 mm across, the sections puberulent, not reticulate (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Widespread across North America.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 12

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Disturbed pastures, barnyards, around buildings; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).


  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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