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Indian Valley Bush Mallow
(Malacothamnus aboriginum )
Malvaceae

Indian Valley bush mallow; Photo Copyright Beatrice F. Howitt California Academy of Sciences
Photo Copyright Beatrice F. Howitt California Academy of Sciences

Description: Deciduous shrub with dense hairs, stout branches, and 6.6 - 10 feet (20-30dm) tall. Leaves gray-green, less than 2 3/8 inches (6cm) long, pear-shaped to round with 3-5 lobes, and scalloped to sharp-toothed edge. Inflorescence are spike to panicle-like, and generally densely flowered. Flowers are sessile with noticable bracts, and 3 elliptic to round bractlets, 1/4 - 5/8 inches (6-15mm) long, 1/8 - 3/8 inches (3-9mm) wide. The calyx are 5/16 - 5/8 inches (8-17mm) long. Petals are rose colored, 1/2 inch (12-14mm) long. Fruit contain brownish seeds, 1/16 inch long. 

Distribution:

Habitat: Open, rocky slopes, dry hills. Elevation 480 - 5440 feet.

Flowering Period: Blooms April - October.

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Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B

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Last updated: 08-05-2010