Malva, from the Latin malva mallow, possibly a reference to medicinal properties as a soothing agent. Trees shrubs and herbs with alternate leaves, hairs are common on all parts, often stellate; Flowers are often showy and in many are subtended by an epicalyx, distinct calyx and corolla, 5-merous. Stamens filaments are fused to form a central column, monadelphous, anthers 1-celled. Fruit usually a capsule. Families included in the Malvaceae varies with the treatment.