Lavatera punctata

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Lavatera punctata
Malvaceae - Lavatera punctata-1.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Lavatera
L. punctata
Binomial name
Lavatera punctata
  • Lavatera biennis M.Bieb.
  • Lavatera micans sensu Pau
  • Althaea punctata Kuntze
  • Lavatera thuringiaca Savi
  • Malva punctata (L.) Alef.
  • Olbia deflexa Presl

Lavatera punctata, commonly called spotted-stalked tree-mallow[1] or annual tree mallow, is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the genus Lavatera of the Malvaceae family.


Lavatera punctata reaches on average 20–90 centimetres (7.9–35.4 in) of height. The stem is erect and covered with scattered hairs. The leaves are alternate, trilobed with the central lobe larger than the others, petiolate with stipules, the lowest are kidney-shaped and slightly lobed, while the upper ones are pentagonal. The flowers grow in the axils of the leaves. Calyx is campanulate, five-lobed, with five triangular pink petals with purple veins, of about 15–3 centimetres (5.9–1.2 in), three times longer than the calyx. The flowering period extends from May through June.


Plants of Lavatera punctata
Flowers of Lavatera punctata
Close-up on a flower of Lavatera punctata
Flower of Lavatera punctata
Leaf of Lavatera punctata


Plant of western Mediterranean origin is distributed from the South of France and Italy to Albania, Greece, Palestine, Asia Minor and Turkey.


These plants grow at an altitude of 0–600 metres (0–1,969 ft) above sea level. They prefer rocky soils in sunny areas and fallow fields, hedgerows, beds of streams and road margins.


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  • Pignatti S. - Flora d'Italia - Edagricole – 1982 – Vol. II, pg. 89
  • Lavatera punctata

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