Malva parviflora

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Malva parviflora
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Malva
Species: M. parviflora
Binomial name
Malva parviflora

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 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). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ a b c "Malva parviflora". FloraBase. Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Western Australia. 
  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. 
  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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