Malva parviflora

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Malva parviflora
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Malva
M. parviflora
Binomial name
Malva parviflora
Cheeseweed, Behbahan
Cheeseweed, Behbahan

Malva parviflora is an annual or perennial herb that is native to Northern Africa, Europe and Asia and is widely naturalised elsewhere.[1] Common names include cheeseweed,[1] cheeseweed mallow, Egyptian mallow,[1] least mallow,[2] little mallow,[1] mallow,[3] marshmallow,[3] small-flowered mallow,[4] small-flowered marshmallow[5] and smallflower mallow.[3] M. parviflora leaf extracts possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.[6] It has a decumbent or erect habit, growing up to 50 cm in height.[4] The broad leaves have 5 to 7 lobes and are 8 to 10 cm in diameter.[4] It has small white or pink flowers with 4 to 6 mm long petals.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Malva parviflora". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ a b c "Malva parviflora". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
  4. ^ a b c d "New South Wales Flora Online: Malva parviflora". Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia.
  5. ^ "Malva parviflora L." Electronic Flora of South Australia Fact Sheet. State Herbarium of South Australia. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  6. ^ Bouriche H, Meziti H, Senator A, Arnhold J"Anti-inflammatory, free radical-scavenging, and metal-chelating activities of Malva parviflora." Pharm Biol. 2011 May 19;

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