Malva rotundifolia

Botanical Name : Malva rotundifolia
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Malveae
Genus: Malva
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malvales

Synonyms.: Malva pusilla Sm.

Common Name : Dwarf Mallow, low mallow, cheese mallow, cheeses, round-mallow.

Habitat :The genus is widespread throughout the temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Europe.

Description:
This plant has a perennial root, and a juicy, annual stem two to three feet high; sometimes cultivated in gardens, but common by road-sides in the East. Leaves large, broadly heart-shaped, soft, plaited, and slightly seven-lobed. Flowers resembling the well-known holly-hock, but more tubular, an inch in diameter, shiny, light purple, veined, on hairy peduncles in the axils of the leaves.
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Medicinal Uses:
These plants are very demulcent, with slight nervine tonic properties. An infusion may be used freely in irritation of the bowels, kidneys and bladder, and in dysentery and acute nephritic complaints. They make a desirable soothing remedy, and may be used to advantage with agrimony. They are also of much service as an outward application to inflamed surfaces.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.henriettes-herb.com/eclectic/cook/MALVA_SYLVESTRIS.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malva
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/m/mallow07.html

 

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