Kosteletzkya pentacarpos  (K. virginica) seashore mallow Malvaceae KOVI; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001);


Kosteletzkya virginica.Used by permission of the North Carolina Native Plant Society.Jack Sprull.www.ncwildflower.org

Kosteletzkya virginica.Jack Sprull.Used by permission of the North Carolina Native Plant Society.www.ncwildflower.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Kosteletzkya  pentacarpos is a perennial herb to 1 m tall, stems rough-hairy. 

Leaves alternate, 6-15 cm long, egg-shaped, with two lateral lobes, tip pointed, base lobed, margin coarsely toothed, dull gray-green, rough-hairy, upper leaves becoming bract-like, lance-shaped. 

Flowers pink, showy, petals 2-4.5 cm long, 3 cm wide, egg-shaped, calyx to 1.3 cm, accompanied by small, linear bracts to 1 cm long, stamens and stigma united in a central column to 2.5 cm long, ovary superior. 

Fruit dry, hollow, a hairy, rounded, somewhat flattened capsule of 5 one-seeded segments. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: One site known in NYC, possibly extirpated. 

Origin: Native 

Habitat: High salt, and brackish marshes. Mostly a southern plant.