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Weeds and Plant Identification
Common mallow - Malva neglecta

Common mallow plant




Common mallow
Malva neglecta Wallr.
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Life cycle
Spreading annual or biennial.
Cotyledons are heart-shaped with three main veins. Leaves are alternate,
 rounded with a heart-shaped base, palmately veined, hairy and found on long,
 slender, hairy petioles. Margins are round-toothed and obscurely lobed.
Spreading and partly erect stems are branched from the base and up to
1 foot tall. 
Flowers and fruit
Flowers have five white and purple-tinged petals; flowers are formed on stalks in the leaf axils. Fruit are capsules that resemble a button or cheese wheel. Each capsule contains 12 to 15 compartments; each compartment has one reddish brown to black, flattened, rounded seed with a notch. 
Seeds and stem fragments.
Similar weeds
Venice mallow (Hibiscus trionum L.)
Differs by having leaves with three distinct, coarsely toothed lobes that may be further divided into as many as seven lobes; and pale yellow flowers with a purple base.

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