MALVACEAE INFO

The Malvaceae Info web site provides information, both botanical and horticultural, on the angiosperm family Malvaceae sensu APG (which includes the traditional Bombacaceae and much of the traditional Sterculiaceae (± Byttneriaceae) and Tiliaceae), together with a little material on related families in the order Malvales and of general botanical content. The traditional Malvaceae sensu strictu consists of the mallows, abutilons, cotton, hibiscuses and related plants; the extended family Malvaceae sensu APG also contains baobabs, balsa, kapok, kola, cacao, jute, limes (lindens), durians and a wide variety of other plants.

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Malvaceae is known as the mallow family in English; as les Malvacées in French; as Malvengewächse in German; as Le Malvacee in Italian; as Kaasjeskruidfamilie in Dutch; as Malvaväxter in Swedish; as Katost-familien in Danish, as Kattostfamilien in Norwegian; as Malvakasvit in Finnish, as kassinaerilised in Estonian; as Mályvafélék in Hungarian; and as Slazowate in Polish. Tiliaceae is known as the lime family in England, as les Tiliacées in French; and Lindengewächse in German; as lehmuskasvit in Finnish; as pärnalised in Estonian; and as Hársfafélék in Hungarian.. Bombacaceae is known as Wollbaumgewächse in German.

Flowers of Malvaceae

AbelmoschusAbutilonAdansoniaAlceaAlthaeaAlyogyneAnisodonteaAnodaAsterotrichionBombaxBrachychitonCallirhoeCeibaChiranthodendronCienfuegosiaCommersoniaCorchorusCorynabutilonDombeyaFioriaFremontodendronFuertesimalvaGayaGossypiumGrewiaGynatrixHelicteresHerissantiaHermanniaHibiscusHoheriaHowittiaHumbertiellaKeraudreniaKitaibeliaKosteletzkyaKrapovickasiaLagunariaLasiopetalumLavatera (Anthema)LavateraLavatera (Olbia)Lavatera (Stegia)LawrenciaLueheaMacrosteliaMalacothamnusMalopeMalva (Bismalva)Malva (Malva)MalvastrumMalvaviscusMegistostegiumModiolaModiolastrumPachiraPavoniaPeltaeaPentapetesPerrierophytumPhymosiaRulingiaSidaSidalceaSparrmanniaSphaeralceaSterculiaTaliparitiThespesiaThomasiaTiliaTrochetiopsisUrenaWercklea

Index to Vernacular Names of Malvaceae
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World Checklist of Malvaceae

BIOLOGY

Information on chromosome counts, plant anatomy, distribution of sexes, current and fossil distribution, pollination, etc.

CLASSIFICATION

An overview of the classification of the family, together with material on the major clades Byttneriina and Malvatheca, the subfamily Sterculioideae, the tribes Fremontodendreae, Gossypieae, Lasiopetaleae and Malveae, and the Malva and Plagianthus alliances, together with an overview of taxa formerly placed in Malvaceae, Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae, and Tiliaceae, and a partial synonymy of the family. Material on other subfamilies, tribes and alliances will be added as time permits.

DESCRIPTIONS OF GENERA

Descriptions of Althaea, Alyogyne, Asterotrichion, Corchorus (partial), Entelea, Eriolaena, Fremontodendron and Chiranthodendron, Goethalsia, Gynatrix, Hannafordia, Hermannia (partial), Hibiscus (partial), Hoheria, Howittia, Kitaibelia, Lagunaria, Lavatera, Lawrencia, Macrostelia, Malope, Malva, Malvella, Modiola, Napaea, Pentapetes, Plagianthus, Thepparatia and Trochetiopsis; notes on Abroma, Acropogon, Acaulimalva, Adansonia, Andeimalva, Argyrodendron, Astiria, Billieturnera, Bordasia, Calyculogygas, Calyptraemalva, Coelostegia, Cola, Corchoropsis, Cotylonychia, Craigia, Desplatsia, Dicarpidium, Franciscodendron, Fuertesimalva, Hibiscadelphus, Hildegardia, Indagator, Jarandersonia, Kearnemalvastrum, Kokia, Maxwellia, Melochia, Neesia, Neobaclea, Octolobus, Paradombeya, Pentaplaris, Pityranthe, Pterygota, Radyera, Ruizia, Septotheca, Sicrea, Uladendron. Ungeria and Waltheria; an identification guide for limes (Tilia) in Britain, and material on the fossil genera Cantitilia and Florissantia. Material will be added on other genera from Malvaceae as time permits.

DIGITAL HERBARIUM

Detailed, photo-illustrated, descriptions of species, varieties, forms and cultivars. Material on other taxa from Malvaceae will be added as time permits.

DIRECTORY

Links to other web sites with information on Malvaceae, and of general botanical interest.

ECONOMIC USES

The use of members of the family Malvaceae as sources of fibre, food and beverages, medicines, timber, and in horticulture (gardening), together with information on hazards (toxins, allergens and irritants) associated with members of the family and on their occurrence as weed or invasive species.

MALVACEOUS FOSSILS

Notes on fossil plants, wood, leaves, flowers, fruit and pollen, and fossils of indeterminate nature

MALVACEAE GALLERY

A collection of photographic images of plants belong to the Malvaceae (click on thumbnails below for access to galleries for individual genera). See also galleries for the related Bixaceae, Cistaceae, Cochlospermaceae and Thymelaeaceae families.

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Malvoideae

AbelmoschusAbutilonAlceaAlthaeaAlyogyneAnisodonteaAnodaAsterotrichion
CallirhoeChiranthodendronCienfuegosiaCorynabutilonFioriaFremontodendronFuertesimalvaGaya
GossypiumGynatrixHerissantiaHibiscusHoheriaHowittiaHowittiaIliamna
KitaibeliaKosteletzkyaKrapovickasiaLagunariaLavateraLawrenciaMacrosteliaMalacothamnus
MalopeMalvaMalvastrumMalvaviscusMegistostegiumModiolaModiolastrumNapaea
PavoniaPeltaeaPerrierophytumPhymosiaPlagianthusRadyeraSidaSidalcea
SphaeralceaTaliparitiThespesiaUrenaWercklea

Bombacoideae

AdansoniaBombaxCeibaPachira

Sterculioideae

BrachychitonColaHeritieraHildegardiaSterculia

Helicteroideae

CoelostegiaDurioHelicteres

Tilioideae

Tilia

Dombeyoideae

DombeyaEriolaenaPentapetesTrochetiopsis

Grewioideae

CorchorusGrewiaLueheaSparrmannia

Byttnerioideae

CommersoniaHermanniaKeraudreniaLasiopetalumRulingiaThomasiaTheobromaWaltherai

LITERATURE

Transcriptions (and translations) of extracts (material related to Malvaceae) from out of copyright literature, mostly from the botanical literature of the 19th century.

MISCELLANEOUS

© 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014 Stewart R. Hinsley