Malacothamnus aboriginum

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Malacothamnus aboriginum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Malacothamnus
Species:
M. aboriginum
Binomial name
Malacothamnus aboriginum

Malacothamnus aboriginum is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the mallow family known by the common names gray bushmallow and Indian Valley bushmallow.

Description[edit]

Malacothamnus aboriginum is a bushy shrub with thick branches coated in hairs. It reaches heights between 2 and 3 meters. It bears oval or rounded leaves several centimeters long which are generally divided into sharp lobes. The inflorescence is a cluster of many pale pink flowers with oval or rounded petals one half to one centimeter long.

Distribution[edit]

Malacothamnus aboriginum is endemic to California, where it is native to the Inner Central Coast Ranges to the west of the San Joaquin Valley-Central Valley. Its habitat includes the chaparral and woodland of the rocky hillsides, where it is most plentiful after wildfire.[1]

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