Malacothamnus davidsonii

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Malacothamnus davidsonii

Critically Imperiled (NatureServe)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Malacothamnus
Species: M. davidsonii
Binomial name
Malacothamnus davidsonii
(B.L.Rob.) Greene
Malacothamnus davidsonii in Pacoima Canyon, Los Angeles County

Malacothamnus davidsonii, also known by the common names Davidson's bushmallow and Davidson's bush mallow, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family. [1]


Malacothamnus davidsonii is endemic to California, where it grows in chaparral, oak woodland, and other habitats on slopes.
It is known from three California regions: [2]


Malacothamnus davidsonii is an erect shrub with a thick, multibranched stem reaching 3–5 metres (9.8–16.4 ft) in maximum height. It is coated densely in short, woolly fibers, appearing feltlike.

The thick, hairy leaves are rounded, divided into several dull lobes, and wavy along the edges. The largest leaves may approach 20 centimeters long.

The inflorescence is an elongated cluster of many pale pink, hairy flowers with oval or somewhat triangular petals about half a centimeter long.

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