- n Malvastrum genus of mallows characterized by red and yellow flowers often placed in other genera
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n malvastrum A large genus of plants of the order Malvaceæ, tribe Malveæ, and subtribe Eumalveœ; the false mallows. It is characterized by styles which are branched at the apex and have terminal capitate stigmas, and by from one to three distinct bractlets under the calyx, or the latter sometimes wanting. They are tall or low herbs, with leaves which are divided, or entire and cordate, and scarlet, orange, or yellow flowers, which are axillary or grow in terminal spikes. There are about 80 species, growing in North and South America, and in Africa. See hollow-stock.