Malacothamnus fasciculatus

Malacothamnus fasciculatus, with the common name chaparral mallow, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family.[1] It is found in far western North America.[2]

Malacothamnus fasciculatus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Malacothamnus
Species:
M. fasciculatus
Binomial name
Malacothamnus fasciculatus

DistributionEdit

The plant is native to southern California and northern Baja California, where it is a common member of the chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities.

DescriptionEdit

Malacothamnus fasciculatus is a shrub with a slender, multibranched stem growing 1–5 metres (3.3–16.4 ft) in height. It is coated thinly to densely in white or brownish hairs.

The leaves are oval or rounded in shape, 2 to 11 centimeters long, and sometimes divided into lobes. The inflorescence is an elongated cluster of many pale pink flowers with petals under a centimeter long.

 
White flowering Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. nuttallii.

VarietiesEdit

It is a highly variable plant which is sometimes described as a spectrum of varieties, and which is sometimes hard to differentiate from other Malacothamnus species.[1]

Varieties of the species currently named include:[3]
 
Pink flowering form, in the Peninsular Ranges.

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