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rock rose, Texas swampmallow, Wright's pavonia

Habit Shrubs, 0.5–1 m.
Stems

densely to sparsely stellate-hairy, hairs to 0.5 mm.

Leaves

stipules subulate, 2–5 mm;

petiole 1/2–1 times length of blade;

blade slightly discolorous, ovate, 2–5 cm, slightly longer than wide, base cordate, margins coarsely dentate, apex acute, surfaces stellate-hairy.

Inflorescences

axillary solitary flowers.

Pedicels

2–5 cm, usually subequal to petiole;

involucellar bractlets 5, alternate with calyx lobes, usually linear-lanceolate, 1–2 mm wide, shorter than to subequal to calyx, hirsute.

Flowers

calyx 9–12 mm, hirsute, lobes prominently 3–5-veined;

corolla rotate, petals lavender to pink, not auriculate, 15–25 mm;

staminal column usually declinate resulting in somewhat bilateral flower, with 5 apical teeth, glabrous;

stigmas included, usually villous.

Seeds

tufted on hilum.

Schizocarps

pallid, 8–9 mm diam., subglabrous;

mericarps pale brown, without spines, obscurely carinate dorsally, otherwise smoothly rounded, 3.5–4 mm.

Pavonia lasiopetala

Phenology Flowering summer–fall.
Habitat Open shrublands
Elevation 500–1000 m [1600–3300 ft]
Discussion

Pavonia lasiopetala has become a popular cultivated plant in Texas, where it is also native. It is also used as a component in seed mixtures for ranges and pastures.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Distribution
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TX; Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León)
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Parent taxa Malvaceae > subfam. Malvoideae > Pavonia
Sibling taxa
P. hastata, P. paludicola, P. spinifex
Synonyms P. wrightii
Name authority Scheele: Linnaea 21: 470. (1848)
Source Flora of North America vol. 6, p. 306.
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