Malvastrum corchorifolium

Malvastrum corchorifolium (Desr.) Britton ex Small  

Common Names: False Mallow

Family: Malvaceae

Habit: Malvastrum corchorifolium grows as a shrub to 75 cm in height. The leaves are arranged alternately, ovate, to 6 cm in length, dentate leaf margin and an acute leaf apex. There are stipules. The leaves have 3-5 haired stellate pubescence.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are solitary terminally and axillarily. Flowers subtended by bracts. The calyx has 5, half fused, pubescent green sepals. The corolla has 5, fused to the base of the staminal column, yellow to orange petals. There are numerous stellate pubescent, stamens fused together around the style in a column.  The ovary is superior with numerous locules and numerous seeds.  The fruit is a numerous locule, pubescent loculicidal capsule that is not be beaked. 

Habitat: Malvastrum corchorifolium grows in sandy Human Altered environments (yards, roadsides/abandoned fields).

Distribution: Malvastrum corchorifolium occurs on all island groupings in the Lucayan Archipelago, the Caribbean region, Mexico, Central America, and parts of the southern United States.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Malvastrum corchorifolium is not known to be used medicinally in the Bahamas.