Biology 21 Field Botany

Plant Families


Mallow Family

leaves: usually alternate, stipulate, usually palmately lobed or veined
inflorescence: with leaves or bracts; or flowers 1-2 in leaf axils
flowers: usually strong radially symmetrical, 5 sepals and 5 petals, many stamen, filaments connate into tube surrounding (but not fused to) style; petals fused to base of filaments, so even though petals are not connate, they fall as a unit; superior ovary of 5-many fused carpels, one stigma which may be branched
fruit: sometimes of wedge-shaped segments. or capsule, or berry

representative species

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