Turk's Cap Mallow
Wax Mallow

Malvaviscus arboreus

Turk's Cap mallow, Malvaviscus, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Part of a landscaped garden at Kapenguria, Kenya, Africa. July 2014.

SHRUB: Leafy shrub 2 to 3+ meters tall.

FLOWERS: The flowers are bright red-orange and have five petals. The stigma is 10-parted.

LEAVES: The leaves are deltoid in shape with loosely toothed margins.

RANGE: Native to the Americas, but widely planted in Africa for ornamental purposes.


UNARMED: No thorns.

The flowers are visited by sunbirds.

Malvaceae -- Mallow Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 19 May 2015