Lavatera Lavatera maritima Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Malvales Family: Malvaceae Genus: Lavatera
About 25, see text
Navaea Webb & Berth
Saviniona Webb & Berth.
Lavatera is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, central and eastern Asia, and Australia. A number of species previously listed in this genus have now been transferred to the related genus Malva. Lavatera species are known as tree mallows, or rather ambiguously as rose mallows, royal mallows or annual mallows.
The genus includes annual, biennial and perennial herbaceous plants and soft-wooded shrubs, growing from 1-3 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, and palmately lobed. The flowers are conspicuous, 4-12 cm diameter, with five white, pink or red petals; they are produced in terminal clusters.
Lavatera species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Bucculatrix lavaterella, which feeds exclusively on these plants. Flowers of several species are also used as food by humans.
- Lavatera abyssinica
- Lavatera arborea – (Common) Tree-mallow
- Lavatera assurgentiflora – Mission Mallow, Island Tree-mallow
- Lavatera acerifolia – Malva de Risco
- Lavatera bryoniifolia
- Lavatera cachmeriana
- Lavatera cretica – Smaller Tree-mallow
- Lavatera insularis
- Lavatera lindsayi
- Lavatera maritima
- Lavatera maroccana
- Lavatera mauritanica
- Lavatera microphylla
- Malvaceae Info: The Lavatera pages
- Germplasm Resources Information Network: Lavatera
- Flora Europaea: Lavatera
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