The tiny flower of the bristlemallow
is only open in bright sunlight. Because of its size and similaity of
the flowers, it is easily mistaken for the more abundant scarlet
In this view with a thumbnail size
clue, you can see the red pistils and yellow anthers.
The wheel shaped fruit is similar to
that of the common mallow, and other
members of the mallow family.
The stems of the bristlemallow are
long, and lie flat on the surface of the ground. They take root
as they grow, spreading quickly
to form a dense, tangled mat.
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