Sunday, April 05, 2009

Phymosia umbellata

Phymosia umbellata | Mexican Bush Mallow, Fimosia, Malva Aparasolada

Malva umbellata and Sphaeralcea umhellatais are nomenclatural synonyms. It is believed that the Genus Phymosia has a close relationship to the North American Iliamna and Malacothamnus. As the common name suggests, this species is native to Mexico (as well as other parts of Central America). The Mexican Bush Mallow has large, grayish green leaves reminiscent of Hibiscus mutabilis. 7.5cm red flowers cover this evergreen shrub or small tree that can reach up to 4m with an equal spread. Hummingbirds love this plant! Position in good, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. The Mexican Bush Mallow can take light frost in mild climates.

Reference: Hábitat. En bosques perennifolios húmedos y bosques caducifolios. Es posible que su presencia en el Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán sea resultado de un proceso de naturalización, debido a que todas las colecciones provienen de orlllas de caminos y otras lugares perturbados muy cercanos a lugares habitados.

Translation: Habitat. In wet evergreen forests and deciduous woodlands. It is possible that their presence in the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley is the result of the process of naturalization, because all the collections come from the edge of roads and other disturbed sites near inhabited areas.

   Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-cuicatlán
   By Paul A. Fryxell
   Published by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1993