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Malvastrum aurantiacum (Wright's false mallow)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Malvastrum aurantiacum

Malvastrum aurantiacum (Scheele) Walp.

Wright's False Mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Malva aurantiaca, Malvastrum wrightii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Habitat: Uncommon, endemic perennial in Central and South Texas; in pastures and along creeks.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Lovely yellow-orange flowers highlight this little-known and under-utilized plant.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MM-800 Collected 2006-12-04 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Malvastrum aurantiacum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Malvastrum aurantiacum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Malvastrum aurantiacum


Record Modified: 2023-02-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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