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Small Whorled Cheeseweed - Malva parviflora
Other Names:  Cheeseweed Mallow, Egyptian Mallow, Small-flowered Mallow

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Puberulent annual or biennial. Stems mostly ascending, 10–70 cm. Leaf blades 1–5 cm long, cordate-orbicular, shallowly 5- to 7-lobed with crenate margins. Flowers whitish; petals 3–4 mm long with a glabrous claw; calyx barely shorter than the petals. Schizocarp 4–7 mm across, the sections puberulent and reticulate on the outside margin (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Scattered widely across in North America.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 8

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  • 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.
    • Rosgaard, A.I., Jr. 1981. Ecology of the mule deer associated with the Brackett Creek winter range in the Bridger Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 76 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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