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Malacothamnus fasciculatus
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Scientific classification

Malacothamnus fasciculatus, with the common name chaparral mallow, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family. It is found in far western North America.


The plant is native to southern California and northern Baja California, where it is a common member of the chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities.


Malacothamnus fasciculatus is a shrub with a slender, multibranched stem growing 1–5 metres (3.3–16.4 ft) in height. It is coated thinly to densely in white or brownish hairs.

The leaves are oval or rounded in shape, 2 to 11 centimeters long, and sometimes divided into lobes. The inflorescence is an elongated cluster of many pale pink flowers with petals under a centimeter long.

Malacothamnus fasciculatus var nuttallii 2
White flowering Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. nuttallii.


It is a highly variable plant which is sometimes described as a spectrum of varieties, and which is sometimes hard to differentiate from other Malacothamnus species.

Varieties of the species currently named include:
Pink flowering form, in the Peninsular Ranges.
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