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136  Malva sylvestris L.

Malvaceae

Nome comune: Malva selvatica 

Malva sylvestris is a species of the Mallow genus Malva in the family of Malvaceae and is considered to be the Type species for the genus. Known as common mallow to English speaking Europeans,[3] it acquired the common names of cheeses, high mallow and tall mallow (mauve des bois by the French)[4] as it migrated from its native home in Western Europe, North Africa and Asia through the English speaking world.[5] M. sylvestris is a vigorously healthy plant with showy flowers of bright mauve-purple, with dark veins; a handsome plant, often standing 3 or 4 feet (1 m) high and growing freely in fields, hedgerows and in fallow fields.[6]