Malva parviflora: Native of southern Europe, central to western Asia and northern Africa. Erect or spreading annual herb to 1 m high. Fruit breaks into 8–12 seed-like fruit segments (mericarps), 1.5–2.5 mm long, brown when ripe, hairless or shortly hairy on outer surface. Spread by seed. It is a major crop weed in parts of Queensland and NSW. Plants are also found in poor pastures, neglected land and gardens. If it is eaten by stock in large quantities it may produce 'staggers', especially in lambs. Malva parviflora is widely naturalised in temperate to subtropical areas around the world.
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