Malvaviscus

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Malvaviscus
Malvaviscus penduliflorus at Aanakkulam.jpg
Malvaviscus penduliflorus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Hibisceae
Genus: Malvaviscus
Fabr.
Type species
Malvaviscus arboreus
Cav.[1]
Species

See text

Synonyms

Achania Sw.[2]

Malvaviscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae.[2] Common names for species in this genus include Turk's Cap Mallow, Wax Mallow, Sleeping Hibiscus, and Mazapan. It belongs to a group of genera that differ from the closely related Hibiscus in possessing a fruit divided into 5 separate parts (a schizocarp), and having a style surmounted by 10, rather than 5, capitate or capitellate stigmas. Among those genera Malvaviscus is distinguished by having auriculate petals and red, fleshy fruits. The generic name is derived from the Latin words malva, meaning "mallow," and viscus, which means "sticky," referring to the mucilaginous sap produced by members of the genus.[3] The fruit can be used to make jelly or syrup. Both the fruit and flowers are used to make herbal teas.[4]

Selected species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malvaviscus Fabr.". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Database. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Malvaviscus Fabr.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  3. ^ Clay, Horace F.; James C. Hubbard (1987). Tropical Shrubs. University of Hawaii Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-8248-1128-0. 
  4. ^ http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Turks-Cap_vq373.htm accessed 22.11.2012
  5. ^ Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 22 (1): 51–59, março 2005
  6. ^ BIOTROPICA 34(1): 68–80
  7. ^ "Subordinate taxa of Malvaviscus Fabr.". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Database. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Species Records of Malvaviscus". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 

External links[edit]

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