Malva moschata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaMalvaceaeMalvaMalva moschata

Ecology

A perennial herb of roadsides, hedge banks, woodland edges, pastures, field-borders, river banks and grassy waste places, preferring well-drained soils in unshaded or lightly shaded situations. It is tolerant of moderate levels of grazing or mowing, and seed is persistent in the soil. Predominantly lowland, but reaching 305 m at Scarth Nick (N.W. Yorks.), with an exceptional record at 845 m (Great Dun Fell, Westmorland).

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Neutral grassland (includes coarse Arrhenatherum grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 871

Height (cm): 80

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1423

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 10

Atlas Change Index: -0.04

Weighted Changed Factor: 40

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

16

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003130