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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 686. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Type: Lectotype: H.U. Linn.Herb.n. 868.1 (LINN!).
Distribution: Distribution: Europe, Palestine, Syrian Desert, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Comment/Acknowledgements: It is a rare species in Pakistan.
Illustration: Althaea officinalis L. (Illustration)
Map Location: C-6 Parachinar Dist.: Shalizan, Aitchison 693 (G); ibid, Griffith 1273 (E).


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Perennial erect herbs. Branches densely tomentose, velutinous. Leaves 3-5 cm long, 2-4 cm broad, triangular to broadly ovate, rounded or truncate at base, acute to acuminate at apex, irregularly serrate to crenate or dentate, sometimes shallowly 3-lobed, densely pubescent and velutinous on both sides, more so beneath; stipules linear or linear-lanceolate, 3-5 mm long; petiole 1-5 cm long. Flowers axillary. fascicled on common peduncle, equalling or slightly exceeding the petiole; pedicels short, 2-10 mm long. Epicalyx segments 8-12, 3-5 mm long. Calyx 6-10 mm long, fused below the middle, enclosing fruit; lobes lanceolate to ovate, acuminate. Corolla pinkish or almost white, 2-3 cm across; petals 1-2 cm long 0.5-1.5 cm broad, obovate, slightly notched at apex, claw ciliate on the margin. Fruit 7-8 mm across, globular, pubescent; mericarps 15-25, 3-3.5 mm long, laterally 2.5-3 mm broad, dorsallyl-1.5 mm broad. Seeds 2-2.5 mm across, reniform, dark brown, glabrous, smooth.
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