Flowers and leaves. Photo: Don Wood, Canberra, ACT

Flower and fruiting bodies. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, Hawaii

Plant. Australian Plant Image Index, photographer Murray Fagg, near Hoskinstown

Common Name

Red-flowered Mallow, Carolina Mallow




Introduced annual or perennial forb, prostrate or to 25cm tall.  Leaves alternating along the stems, 3-4cm long, 20-30mm wide, flat, sparsely hairy, with broadly toothed lobes.  Flowers red to orange, with 5 petals, solitary on stems arising from the bases of the leaves. 

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 481-482

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