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Wax Mallow (Malvaviscus arboreus Dill. ex Cav.)

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Range - Expand

Native or Not Present
Native or Expanded
Expanded or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This species is widely cultivated in gardens, and can escape into the wild. As a result it has established at various sites across the southern U.S. We mark these populations expanded because they are relatively contiguous with its native range; the Western population looks isolated, but this species is native through Mexico to the west coast so that population is not as isolated as it seems from consulting US-based range maps alone. We have not yet completed the Mexican portion of our map.