Althaea officinalis

  • Ivan A. Ross


This perennial herb of the MALVACEAE family is a 60–120 cm high hardy, velvety plant that has an erect root up to 50 cm long and a few cm thick with secondary roots. The succulent stem is usually woody at the base and unbranched. The leaves are short-petioled with an ovate, acute leafblade. The secondary leaves are narrow and drooping. The lower leaves are 5-lobed, the upper cauline leaves are often triangular, more wide than long. The reddish-white flowers are usually in axillary or terminal clusters; the 6–9 sepals of the epicalyx are fused at the base, and are 8–10 mm long and pointed; 5 sepals, 5 heart-shaped petals and numerous stamens are fused together with the anthers to a column. The ovaries in a ring, numerous styles; mericarps smooth and downy.


Sinapic Acid Syringic Acid Cauline Leaf Herpes Virus Type Asparaginic Acid 
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