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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

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General/Distribution: A genus with about a dozen species distributed in Africa, Asia and Europe In Pakistan it is represented by 3 species.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Doubtful species

1. Althaea villosa Blatt. in J.Ind.Bot.Soc.9:201.1930.

2. Althaea villosoides Blatt., l.c. 202.

Blatter described both these species from the specimens collected by Fernandez at Miran Shah, N. Waziristan. The respective specimens F. 804 and F. 805 are presumed to be present at St.Xavier College Bombay. Director, of the harbarium kindly informed that these specimens were probably lost.


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Annual or perennial, erect or decumbent herbs. Leaves usually lobed, sometimes entire. Flowers axillary, solitary or fascicled or in pseudo-raceme on terminal branches, pedicellate. Epicalyx segments 6-12, connate below. Calyx 5-lobed. Corolla small, usually up to 2 cm long. Staminal tube cylindric, pubescent; anthers brownish purple. Mericarps 8-25, each 1-celled, wingless, dorsally with prominent nerve.

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1 Plants erect (2)
+ Plants prostrate or decumbent Althaea ludwigii
2 (1) Leaves ± 3-5 fid to partite. Fruit pubescent Althaea cannabina
+ Leaves entire to shallowly 3-lobed. Fruit glabrous Althaea officinalis
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