This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Smaller Tree Mallow - Malva Pseudolavatera.
This small shrubby plant is rather common around the islands and particularly around Porthcressa. It is fond of bare earth and likes to be beside the sea. It has five petalled pink and purple flowers, with each petal notched so it is shaped like an elongated heart. However, it is marked with three asterix in the "Wildflowers of Britain and Ireland" book indicating that it is very rare, found in no more than three locations in Britain.
Its sole strongholds are the islands, the Channel Islands and Tenby in Pembrokeshire. It was discovered on the Isles of Scilly in 1873.
The botanical name for Smaller Tree Mallow is Malva Pseudolavatera. It means a smooth or soothing plant that appears like Lavertera. Another common name is the Cornish mallow although it only sporadically appears there. There are three other mallows which grow in the same sort of habitats in the islands.
Smaller Tree Mallow is native to the Mediterranean basin and has naturalised in areas with a similar climate, such as parts of Australia and the United States.
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