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Alcea rosea (hollyhock) belongs to the family of
(A) Cruciferae
(B) Malvaceae
(C) Cucurbitaceae
(D) Leguminosae

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Hint: Alcea rosea which is otherwise known as hollyhock is used as the ornamental plant. This plant originated from the southwestern China and was imported to Europe for its splendid beauty. It is the short lived perennial crop and had a wide range of colors.

Complete answer:
This hollyhock plant belongs to the family Malvaceae and it is the one of the fast growing crops. The different colors of the flowers prefer different soil for the cultivation. These are mainly selected for its flowers, as they are beautiful and are in different colors. They have several supernumerary bracts in their structure. And are both unisexual and the bisexual with the superior ovary. They are actinomorphic with the bracts and possess epicalyx.

These plants grow up to the eight feet and its leaves are very larger in size and are heart shaped. These flowers possess nectars of the tightly packed glands on the sepals and attract many butterflies and the birds like hummingbirds. The leaves of these plants are alternate, palmately lobed and palmately veined in nature. The stems contains the mucous cavities and the canals in them. Hairs are also present in the stems to avoid the excessive loss of the water through the transpiration.

Thus the correct answer is option (B).

Note:This plant hollyhock is considered as the emollient and the laxative in nature. This is also used as the mouth wash especially in the case of bleeding gums, helps in controlling inflammation of the tissue damage and also helps to stop the bedwetting.