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Dwarf Mallow ?

Observed: 27th June 2013 By: Peter PearsonPeter Pearson’s reputation in PlantsPeter Pearson’s reputation in PlantsPeter Pearson’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Found growing on the top of the beach at Whitstable, I thought from its size and recumbant grow it was Dwarf Mallow. However the flowers do not appear to match for colour with the illustrations I have seen.

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Species with which Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris) interacts

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lavateraguy's picture

Most species of Malva sect. Malva ...

... (which includes several traditional Lavateras) have radiating petal veins. Malva sylvestris has branching petal veins, as seen above.

Recumbent growth of Malva sylvestris, in mown grass verges, is not uncommon, but in that case the cause is environmental, not genetic. I did see a prostrate common mallow in a municipal flower border once, but didn't manage to collect seed.

The sterile blue-flowered cultivar 'Primley Blue' tends to a sprawling habit.