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Greater Musk-mallow

Malva alcea

Description:

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 50–125 cm tall, with stems covered in stellate hairs, meaning they branch at the free end into several strands. The leaves are 2-8 cm long and 2-8 cm broad, palmately lobed with five to seven blunt lobes; basal leaves on the lower stem are very shallowly lobed, those higher on the stems are deeply divided, with digitate finger-like lobes. The flowers appear singly near the apex of corymbose racemes growing from the leaf axils in summer to early fall. They are 3.5–6 cm diameter, with five sepals and five bright pink petals, and have no scent. The bracteoles that make up the epicalyx are ovate and wide at the base where they are fused with the calyx. The fruit is a hairless disc-shaped schizocarp 4–8 mm diameter, containing several seeds, the seeds individually enclosed in a glabrous or hairy mericarp.

Habitat:

Spotted at a meadow

Notes:

Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.; f/8.0; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Focal Length: 300.0 mm.

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4 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks Cammie

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks Alice

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 8 years ago

Ooh pretty, nicely capture shots =)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Very Pretty!

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

O Saviñao, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 13, 2012
Submitted on Oct 22, 2012

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