Althaea rosea (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Tulipa turkestanica
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Althaea rosea (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Morus alba
Althaea rosea
Althaea rosea

Althaea rosea (L.)

Local name:

  • Russian: Алтей розовый, шток-роза - altej rozovyj, štok-roza
  • Uzbek: Kzyl-gul, Tagara gul, Gul’hayri

Description and morphology: Annual, shortlived herb (height 10–100 cm) with mixed adpressed-stellate and spreading simple hairs. Stem: erect, few branches or decumbent. Leaves: simple palmate-lobed. Flowers: bisexual; red-pink, pedicellate, solitary. Calyx 5-lobed; petals entire or marginate; staminal tube long, terete, hairy at base. Carpel margins winged. Ovary multilocular. Stigmas filiform.

Reproduction: Sexual. Fruit: indehiscent, 1-seeded, wingless mericarps (10–25) assembled into schizocarp.

Pastoral importance: Negligible. Rarely grazed.

Fodder value: Quickly lignified.

Economic interest: Medicinal. Roots used in confectionery, fibres sometimes used for paper making.

Habitat: Present on sandy plains and flats, and also abandoned fields after cultivation.

Distribution: Cosmopolitan from Middle Asia to Egypt.