Malva neglecta

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaMalvaceaeMalvaMalva neglecta


An annual which sometimes overwinters, occurring in waste places, gateways, paths, rough ground and on roadsides (often near habitation), occasionally on coastal drift-lines. It favours shallow, dry soils, and is tolerant of grazing and mowing, but not of competition with more vigorous species. Lowland.



World Distribution

As an archaeophyte M. neglecta has a European Temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.

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Broad Habitats

Boundary and linear features (eg hedges, roadsides, walls)

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 781

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1196

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 70

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 14

Atlas Change Index: -0.22

Weighted Changed Factor: 41

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


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