White Mallow

Eremalche exilis

White Mallow

Color: White or pale pinkish-purple

Common name: White Mallow

Latin name: Eremalche exilis


Height: 4-6 inches

Description: Petals are 4–5.5 mm with green spots at the base of each petal. Plant lays flat on the ground or flat with tips curling up. Stems are finely hairy.

Leaf: Generally 1–2.5 cm wide, 3–5-lobed.

Range: San Joaquin Valley, Inner South Coast Ranges, White and Inyo Mountains, Desert.

Habitat: Desert scrub

Elevation: < 1500 m.

Flowering time: Mar–May

Notes: An annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Photographed March 26, 2005 near Cadiz Dunes with a Canon EOS 10D, 100mm macro lens. The Eremalche exilis has few companions in the desert and the Greek genus name means "lonely mallow." Distribution outside California: to Oregon, Wyoming, New Mexico, n Mexico.

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