Malvella sagittifolia, Arrowleaf Mallow
Scientific Name: Malvella sagittifolia
Common Name: Arrowleaf Mallow
Family: Malvaceae, Globe Mallow Family
Synonyms: (Sida lepidota var. sagittifolia, Sida leprosa var. sagittifolia, Sida sagittifolia)
Size: Up to 3 or 4 inches tall and 3 feet wide.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; stems trailing.
Leaves: Green, silver-green; covered with small star-shaped or scaly hairs (lepidote), lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, asymmetrically-hastate leaves with 1 to 3 pairs of teeth near the base, the margins otherwise entire or nearly so.
Flower Color: White, whitish-pink or yellow; medium size flowers from axils, fruit a schizocarp, segments 7 to 8, also lepidote.
Flowering Season: March to October.
Elevation: 1,000 to 6,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Roadsides and dam areas, prefers saline soil.
Recorded Range: Arrowleaf Mallow is found in the southwest United States in; AZ, CO, NM and TX. The largest populations are found In Arizona in the southern and western part of the state. Small populations in CO and NM.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Malvella sagittifolia.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
The Plant List has records of 4 accepted species for Malvella.
Comments: Arrowleaf Mallow is one of only 3 species in Malvella found in the United States.