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IBSARESDUAmerican University of Beirut
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English Name
Mallow
Scientific Name
Malva sylvestris (in Lebanon)
Arabic Name
خبيزة
Transliteration
Khubbayzi
Description
Biennial/Perennial growing to 0.45m, leafy, green herb with many basal branches, 20-60 cm long forming a hemispherical growth. Leaves with long petioles, orbicular with wavy, crenate margins, with minute sparse, soft hairs. Flowers up *see picture
Seasonality
Collected from Dec till mid May Leaves and Young shoots: December-March. Flowers: March -June
Locality
Messah Altitude: 979 Latitude North: N 33°51'02.6" Latitude East:E 036°01'42.6" Collector: Antoun Maacaroun Date: 5/13/2005
Habitat
Hedgerows, woodlands, sunny edges, dappled shade -- Requires moist soils. Waste places and road sides, of lowland, hilly areas or even desert, depending the species.
Medical Properties
Treatment of acne - Treatment of anemia - To fortify blood - Treatment of constipation - Treatment of diarrhea - Diuretic effect - Helps in digestion - Treatment of stomach aches - Treatment of inflammation - Treatment of Dental/gengivae inflammation - Treatment of digestive tract inflammation - Treatment of female genitalia inflammation - Treatment of stomach inflammation - Treatment of respiratory tract inflammation - Treatment of urinary tract inflammation - Treatment of infection - Treatment of G.I. infections - Disinfectant - Treatment of chest disorders - Beneficial for the body - Nutritious - High in minerals - High in vitamins - High in iron - Treatment of cold - Treatment of throat diseases - Prevention of kidney stones - Leaves are used as patches for cuts and bruises - Leaves are used as patches for swelling - Leaves are used to make cast - Treatment of edema - Similar to antibiotics like ampicillin - High consumption leads to anemia (High in antibiotics) - High consumption decreases vitamin availability in the body
Edible Portions
Leaves and stalks
MOC
Leaves are eaten raw in salads, cooked in soups and boiled as an infusion. The seeds and flowers are edible as well, Fresh leaves and young shoots are used in cooking *see recipes
Family
Malvaceae
Compounds
Therapeutic Uses
recipes
Mallow sauté
Stuffed Mallow
Mallow and chickpeas
Mallow with burghol
 
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