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Malvella leprosa

Malvella leprosa (Ortega) Krapov.

Alkali Mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Sida hederacea, Sida leprosa, Sida leprosa var. hederacea

USDA Symbol: MALE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Stems decumbent, up to about 16 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Creamy white to pale yellow.


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , NM , NV , OK , OR , TX , UT , WA

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
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 Malvella leprosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Malvella leprosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Malvella leprosa


Record Modified: 2023-04-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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