Malacothamnus marrubioides (Durand & Hilg.) E. Greene

Pink-Flowered Bush Mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)


Pink-flowered or foothill bush mallow is a perennial shrub with slender branches and stellate pubescent twigs.  The leaves are thin, widely ovate, pale green and coarsely crenate to dentate, sometimes 3-5 lobed.  The clusters of flowers are either sessile or short-peduncled and are situated in the upper axils. The petals are pink, 16-18mm long.  This species inhabits dry stony slopes to about 7000' in chaparral and foothill woodland, and ranges from the north slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains to Mt. Pinos.  The blooming period is from June to August.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Malacothamnus 2) marrubioides.
Pronunciation: ma-la-ko-THAM-nus mar-oo-bee-OH-i-dees.
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