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Althaea hirsuta   (Hispid Marshmallow)

Althaea hirsuta   (MALVACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Althaea hirsuta retrieved from on 2020-Jan-23

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Althaea hirsuta L.
Published in L., Sp. Pl. 687 (1753)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

No Main Synonyms
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Malvaceae Juss. (The Mallow Family)
18 species from the Malvaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Hispid Marshmallow, Rough Marshmallow, Hairy Marshmallow

Maltese name(s) :

Ħobbejża sufija

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very Rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE (annuals)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

This species has a threatened status and is listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Dry places, often as a weed of cultivated ground; somewhat calcicole.

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Botanical Description:

Annual up to 60 cm, with numerous stiff, simple and some stellate hairs. Leaves suborbicular, cordate, crenate or dentate towards base of stem, becoming progressively more deeply lobed upwards; upper cauline leaves palmately 3- to 5-lobed; lobes linear, dentate or serrate. Stipules entire. Flowers solitary; pedicels longer than the subtending leaves. Epicalyx-segments lanceolate, acuminate, nearly as long as the calyx. Sepals lanceolate or ovate, long acuminate, erect in fruit. Petals c. 15 mm, scarcely exceeding the sepals, pinkish-lilac. Anthers yellow. Mericarps glabrous,transversely rugose, with a fine longitudinal rib on the dorsal face.

Distributional range:

S. & S.E. Europe, extending to S.E. Czechoslovakia.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

Albania, the Balaeric Islands, Bulgaria, Corse, Crete, Czeck Republic and Slovakia, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Romania, Russia and former USSR, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Turkey (European part), Introduced in  Belgium

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

Ab(A) AE(G) Ag Al Ar Be(L) BH Bl(M N) Bu Cg Co Cr Ct Cy Ga(F) dGe Gg(A D G) Gr dHe Hs(S) Hu Ir It Jo Le Li Lu Ma Mk Mo Rf(CS S) Rm Sa Si(M S) Sk Sr Sy Tn Tu(A E) Uk(K) [Au(A) Be Cs Ho]

Images (5 images)
   Althaea hirsuta   -   Image Code: ALTHI-0.
   Althaea hirsuta   -   Image Code: ALTHI-1.
   Althaea hirsuta   -   Image Code: ALTHI-2.
   Althaea hirsuta   -   Image Code: ALTHI-3.
   Althaea hirsuta   -   Image Code: ALTHI-4.

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