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An illustration of the common marshmallow, flower (a), and fruit (b). Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow, Marsh Mallow, or Common Marshmallow) is a species native to Africa, which is used as a medicinal plant and ornamental plant. The stems, which die down in the autumn, are erect, 3 to 4 feet (1.2 m) high, simple, or putting out only a few lateral branches.


The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)


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