Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 17, Supplement 1, pp 251–255

Relics of cultivation in Central Europe: Malva alcea L. as an example

Review

Abstract

Results of research on relics of cultivation in Central Europe are presented, based on the example of Malva alcea L. (hollyhock mallow). Species from this group were cultivated in the past for various purposes, but are no longer utilized. Thanks to the detailed studies conducted in Mecklenburg (NW Germany) and in Wielkopolska (W Poland), M. alcea is one of the best-studied relics of cultivation. This paper presents the available information on its former uses, general and regional distribution, and habitat preferences.

Keywords

Malva alcea Eastern Central Europe Relics of cultivation Early Middle Ages High Middle Ages Fortified settlements 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant TaxonomyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Environmental ProtectionAugust Cieszkowski Agricultural UniversityPoznańPoland

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