Althaea hispida Moench
Althaea mutica J.Gay ex Ball
Axolopha hirsuta (L.) Alef.
Dinacrusa hirsuta (L.) G.Krebs
Althaea hirsuta is an erect annual plant forming one or more stems 25 - 50cm tall. The stems can be unbranched or branching from the base[
The plant produces a potentially useful oil in its seed.
N. Africa - Morocco to Algeria; Europe - Spain to France, east to Ukraine and Greece; W. Asia - Russian Federation, Turkey to Israel, and Turkmenistan
Stony and clayey desert-steppe slopes, open xerophytic woods and scrub, meadows in extreme arid climate, weedy and ruderal places[
]. Borders of fields and wood margins in southern Britain, where it is doubtfully native[
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Althaea hirsuta has a native range from moist regions of western Europe to semi-arid and arid regions of central Asia.
The seeds contain about 16% of a yellowish -coloured oil, with iodine number 116.3, acid value 3.8, saponification value 209, specific gravity 0.9312, refraction coefficient at23°c 1.4750[
]. No uses are mentioned[
Seed - sow spring in situ