Bush mallow is an open-branching perennial shrub
growing to 15' tall with wand-like tomentose stellate-haired branches
and densely-hairy leaves which are round to ovate in shape and 3-5 lobed.
Like other members of its family, the flowers of bush mallow have
five petals and stamens with golden brown anthers fused into a central
column surrounding the style. The flowers appear in sessile clusters
in the leaf axils and are pink to lavender in color. This is a
common shrub throughout chaparral and coastal sage scrub on dry slopes
and fans to about 2500' and is often seen on disturbed ground and along
roadsides. It often forms large colonies and blooms from April
to July. These pictures were taken in Charmlee County Park in the Santa
Monica Mts. There are four varieties (catalinensis, fasciculatus, nesioticus and nuttallii) in Southern California.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Malacothamnus
Pronunciation: ma-la-ko-THAM-nus fa-sik-yoo-LAY-tus.
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