Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Hispid Falsemallow
Malvastrum hispidum
Family: Malvaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3G5
State Rank: S2?

Dry open non-wooded areas such as prairies, both limestone and sandstone, glades, edges of bluffs, and barrens, sometimes open alluvial ground in valleys and along gravel bars (Steyermark 1963 in part); in KY, old fields.

Species Description:
Annual herb.

Flowering Period: Early July to late August.
Fruiting Period: Mid August to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Small herb of dry ground especially cedar glades. Leaves are linear to oblong and remotely toothed. Yellow flowers solitary in the leaf axils; 3 narrow bracts underneath (subtending) the calyx and the sepals are valvate forming a 5 winged calyx. Petals 1-4 cm, style branches capitate.

Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction. May tolerate some timber removal if done without excessive soil disturbance (disking/chopping) and if immediate vicinity of plant is protected from debris and direct cutting etc.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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