Malva L. (1753), Malveopis Presl. (1845): South African genus, rejected as generic name for Malvastrum in 1892., Sida L. (1753), Acaulimalva Krapov. (1974): High altitude, acaulescent habit., Anisodontea Presl. (1845): South African genus, Malacothamnus Greene (1906): Referred to as “the shrubby Malvastrums”, but actually not related., Monteiroa Krapov. (1951): More closely related to Sphaeralcea., Nototriche Turcz. (1863): High altitude, acaulescent habit., Tarasa Philippi (1891): Related to Sphaeralcea in mericarp morphology., Urocarpidium Ulbr. (1916): Synonym of Tarasa and Fuertesimalva., Sidopsis Rydb. (1932)
Perennial or sometimes annual shrubs or subshrubs, erect, with stellate pubescence. Leaves petiolate, usually unlobed, crenate or dentate. Inflorescence solitary in leaf axils, or aggregated into apical sikes or racemes. Epicalyx of 3 filiform or spathulate bracts. Calyx 5-lobed. Corolla yellow or orange. Staminal column filamentiferous at apex. Fruits schizocarpic. Styles and mericarps (5)8-18. Mericarps horseshoe shaped, indehiscent, with prominent ventral notch, 1 seeded. With or without a small endoglossum.