Leaves of the Mallow Family are borne singly and in many species are veined palmately; they are lobed, cleft, or divided palmately. The flowers have 5 petals and 5 sepals. The distinctive feature of the family is that the numerous stamens have their filaments united into a tube surrounding the style of the pistil. The pistil is made up of several segments, each provided with a style and stigma, usually joined at the base. Some plants of this family are cultivated, such as cotton, okra, hibiscus, and rose-of-sharon.
The species name of this plant is for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, world-wide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1952), Cuba and his native Connecticut.
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