MALVACEAE,  Mallow Family

Herbs or shrubs; often stellate-pubescent; leaves alternate, simple usually palmately veined; flowers hypogynous, bisporangiate or monosporangiate; sepals 5, separate, or united at base, frequently subtended by a circle of bracts; corolla regular; petals 5, separate or nearly so; stamens many, the filaments united in a sheath around the style or styles., this sheath adnate to the petals at base, filaments separate distally; carpels S-many, united; styles as many as carpels or styles 1 with apical branches as many as carpels; fruit a capsule or separating into the dehiscent or indehiscent 1-to several-seeded carpels.