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Malvaviscus arboreus (Malvaviscus arboreus; wax mallow)

Wikipedia Abstract

Malvaviscus arboreus is a species of flowering plant in the hibiscus family, Malvaceae, that is native to the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. The specific name, arboreus, refers to the tree-like appearance of a mature plant. It is now popular in cultivation and goes by many English names including Turkcap, Turk's turban, wax mallow, ladies teardrop and Scotchman's purse. Its flowers do not open fully and help attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
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Fruit Color [3]  Red
Leaf Type [1]  Evergreen
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Shrub

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Braulio Carrillo National Park II 117843 Costa Rica  
Carara National Park II 12983 Costa Rica  
Corcovado National Park 115845 Costa Rica  
Guanacaste National Park II 85819 Costa Rica  
Palo Verde National Park II 46190 Costa Rica  
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Reserva Karen Mogensen F. Nature Reserve 1866 Costa Rica  
Reserva Biológica Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve Ia 19317 Costa Rica  
Reserva Biológica Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve Ia 24641 Costa Rica  
Reserva de la Biosfera de la Amistad Biosphere Reserve II 493313 Costa Rica  
Santa Rosa National Park II 95780 Costa Rica
Tapantí-Macizo de La Muerte National Park II 12767 Costa Rica
Tortuguero National Park II 47632 Costa Rica
Volcán Tenorio National Park II 31877 Costa Rica


Amazilia lactea (Sapphire-spangled Emerald)[4]
Amazilia rutila (Cinnamon Hummingbird)[5]
Amazilia yucatanensis (Buff-bellied Hummingbird)[5]
Aulacorhynchus prasinus (Emerald Toucanet)[3]
Bagisara rectifascia[6]
Cerococcus deklei (grenade scale)[7]
Ceroplastes dugesii (Duges wax scale)[7]
Coccus longulus (long brown scale)[7]
Doricha eliza (Mexican Sheartail)[5]
Eupetomena macroura (Swallow-tailed Hummingbird)[8]
Heliopetes macaira (Turk's-cap White-Skipper)[6]
Hylesia dalina[6]
Hylocharis chrysura (Gilded Sapphire)[4]
Leucochloris albicollis (White-throated Hummingbird)[4]
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)[7]
Meskea dyspteraria[6]
Mionectes oleagineus (Ochre-bellied Flycatcher)[9]
Phaethornis anthophilus (Pale-bellied Hermit)[5]
Phenacoccus madeirensis (Mexican mealybug)[7]
Phenacoccus solenopsis (solenopsis mealybug)[7]
Philephedra tuberculosa[7]
Pinnaspis strachani (lesser snow scale)[7]
Polytmus guainumbi (White-tailed Goldenthroat)[5]
Pulvinaria psidii (green shield scale)[7]
Saguinus oedipus (cotton-top tamarin)[10]
Saissetia neglecta (Caribbean black scale)[7]
Semnornis frantzii (Prong-billed Barbet)[3]
Xenophanes tryxus[6]


Caribbean; North America; Oceania; Tapantí-Macizo de La Muer National Park;



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1Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Tropical Fruit-Eating Birds and Their Food Plants: A Survey of a Costa Rican Lower Montane Forest, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright, William A. Haber, K. Greg Murray, Carlos Guindon, Biotropica Vol. 16, No. 3 (Sep., 1984), pp. 173-192
4Mendonça, LB; Anjos, L. 2005. Beija-flores (Aves, Trochilidae) e seus recursos florais em uma área urbana do Sul do Brasil Revista Brasileira de Zoologia, 22: 51-59
5del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
6HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
7Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
8Toledo, MCB. and Moreira, DM., 2008. Analysis of the feeding habits of the swallow-tailed hummingbird, Eupetomena macroura (Gmelin, 1788), in an urban park in southeastern Brazil Brazilian Journal of Biology, vol. 68, p. 419-426
9Patterns of movement and seed dispersal of a tropical frugivore, David A. Westcott · Devon L. Graham, Oecologia (2000) 122:249–257
10Proyecto Tití
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