Family: Malvaceae

Latin name: Malachra spp.

Vernacular name: Malva

The leaves are crushed to extract a gel, which is used for fevers, cooling and soothing skin, and cleansing internal organs. Malva is also prescribed for treating hemorrhoids. Malva uses are somewhat similar to those of Aloe vera.

Malva is a weedy lowland plant that is commonly allowed to regenerate or is cultivated in homegardens. It prefers moist areas, alluvial soils, and has bright yellow flowers that attract insects. It requires full sun and does not tolerate weeds.