Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Malvastrum coromandelianum (L.) Garcke
prickly malvastrum, threelobe false mallow
Unknown, Potential minor problem species
Origin: Tropical New World
Growth Form: Herb
Plant Description: Tough-stemmed, woody-rooted herb to 1 m high, usually less, pubescent with characteristic 4-rayed hairs; leaves ovate or ovate-elliptic, 3-6 cm long, 1-3.5 cm wide, acute or obtuse, margins serrate, 3-nerved from base, petioles 1.5-4 cm long; flowers solitary in axils; peduncle 5 mm long; stipules subulate about 1 cm long; epicalyx of 3 free subulate bracts; calyx pubescent; corolla yellow, about 1.3 cm broad; flowers occasionally paired or terminal; fruit about 6 mm broad; seeds reniform, ripe carpel with a few stiff hairs and 2 stubby points on the convex (outer) side.
Key Features:
Control: conventional herbicides when plant is still young, seedlings can be removed by shallow cultivation
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NRCS Plants Database

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Christina Mild

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