Malva sylvestris, Wood Mallow,
Hebrew: חלמית גדולה, Arabic: خبيزة

Scientific name:  Malva sylvestris L.
Common name:  Wood Mallow, High Mallow
Hebrew name:   חלמית גדולה
Arabic name:   خبيزة
Family:  Malvaceae, חלמיתיים

Flora, Israel, flowers, wildflowers

Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  60-90 cm; pubescent to glabrescent
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, dentate or serrate
Inflorescence:  Raceme, leafy, in fascicles, 1–4 flowers in leaf axils
Flowers:  pink, purple, petals, emarginated; 5, 3 or 7, darker veins, the veins often being forked towards their apices
Fruits / pods:  Schizocarp, segments 10-12, glabrous, reticulate; seeds brown
Flowering Period:   February, March, April
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana, Shrub-steppes, Desert
Distribution:   Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:   Med - Euro-Siberian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Malva sylvestris, Wood Mallow, חלמית גדולה  ,خبيزة


Derivation of the botanical name:
Malva, from the Greek word "malache", meaning "mallow" and "malakos", "soft, gentle,", referring to the abundant mucilage in certain species, which softens the skin.
sylvestris, pertaing to woods, growing wild.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
Bible resources:
  1. Job 6:6-7
    Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?
    I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.