Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Virginia Seashore Mallow
Kosteletzkeya virginica (L.) Gray
- Family: Mallow (Malvaceae)
- Flowering: July-August
- Field Marks: The handsome pink flowers up to 2 1/2 inches across and the hairy, sometimes
hastate, leaves distinguish this species.
- Habitat: Saline and brackish marshes, shores, and borders of swamps.
- Habit: Perennial herb with extensive root system.
- Stems: Upright, branched, usually rough-hairy, up to 4 feet tall.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, ovate, sometimes hastate, irregularly toothed or even 3-lobed, pointed
at the tip, rounded or slightly heart-shaped at the base, usually velvety-hairy, up to 5 inches long.
- Flowers: Several in terminal panicles, subtended by 8 or 9 very narrow bracts.
- Sepals: 5, green, united at the base.
- Petals: 5, pink, free from each other, rounded at the tip, up to 1 1/4 inches long.
- Stamens: Numerous, attached to a central column.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; stigmas 5, at the top of the central column.
- Fruits: Capsules 5-lobed, flattened, covered with short, stiff hairs.
- Notes: This handsome species also occurs in the Caribbean Islands.
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