COMMON MALLOW, Malva
neglecta Wallr. 1, young plant; 2, flower; 3,
seed pod; 4, seed. Annual or biennial with a short
straight taproot, reproducing by seeds. Stems branching, nearly
erect, or spreading on the surface of the ground with tip generally turning
up. Leaves large, circular in outline, simple, toothed or slightly
lobed, mostly hairy, on very long slender petioles. Flowers small,
with 5 whitish petals, borne singly or in clusters at bases of petioles.
Seed pod a flattened disk, when ripe breaking up into 10
to 20 small, hairy, 1-seeded sections. Seed nearly round, flattened,
reddish-brown, about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) in diameter, notched. Found
in cultivated fields, waste places, gardens, yards, lawns, and roadsides.