The fruits contain up to 20 seeds in segmented wheel-shaped rings that resemble cheese wheels. The developing fruits are edible but slimy, like the related crop okra. Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA. 3-22-08. © Joan Avise.

Cheeseweed

Malva parviflora

Exotic species, native to Eurasia and North Africa. A widespread common annual in disturbed places.

Malvaceae

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12-30 in.sparsely hairy; sharply lobed sawtoothed leaves on long stems. Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA. 3-22-08. © Joan Avise.
Associated Insect

(Also exotic) Red Bug,
Scantius (=Lodosiana) aegyptius