Please scroll to the bottom for more images.
Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Malvastrum corchorifolium (Desr.) Britton ex Small
False mallow

Malvastrum corchorifolium
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Jacquin, N.J. von, Icones plantarum rariorum, vol. 1: t. 139 (1781-1786)

Family: Malvaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: For a specimen image, visit the New York Botanical Garden Virtual Herbarium.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Apparently Secure

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and disturbed sites in the lower Keys.  Although weedy, we consider this native and extant from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.  This is almost certainly more common than it was historically, spreading along roadsides and in other disturbed areas.

Other data on Malvastrum corchorifolium available from :


Malvastrum corchorifolium has been reported from the following 13 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Attwood Addition, Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Curry Hammock State Park Reported
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Klopp Tract Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Assumed to be Present Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Present Native




Malvastrum corchorifolium has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


All Images:

Malvastrum corchorifolium
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Jacquin, N.J. von, Icones plantarum rariorum, vol. 1: t. 139 (1781-1786)