Other names: cheese plant, dwarf mallow, low mallow, high mallow, malva rotundifolia, tall mallow
Scientific name: Malva sylvestris, M. neglecta
Ayurvedic names: Gul-khair
Arabic names: خبيزة (khubbeizah)
Rain Forest names:
Approximate number of species known:
Common parts used: Flower, leaf
Actions: Demulcent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astrigent, emolient
Known Constituents: Mucilage, tannin, vit a, vit b, vit c, zinc
A weed with creeping brNCHING STEMS. The stems are 6-24 inches long. The leaves have 5-7 lobes (picture) and are onh long petioles (picture) The flowers are trumjpet shpaed. sessile (picture) and purple and grow in small clustered axils off the sides of the stems.
It likes to grow in moist soil, with a pH of 5.5-6.5. The leaf can grow 15cm across or more. When broken the stem releaes a slimy sap. The fruit is round and flat and vaguely resembles the shape of a wheel of cheese.
High in Vitamin A. Generally the Vitamin A level is estimated as 268,000 units per pound. The leaf has a generally pleasant taste for most and has been eaten as a vegetable. The flowers when young are sometimes used in salads.
It tends to be used as a soothing agent in reducing inflammation, pain, sore throats. Has been used to produce more milk in nursing mother.
Externally it has been used for abscesses, burns and minor boils.