Species

Abutilon indicum

Etymology

Abutilon: from the Arabic word for a mallow-like plant.

Common Name(s)

Indian abutilon, Indian mallow

Authority

Abutilon indicum (Link) Sweet

Brief Description

An erect, many-branched shrub to about 2 m tall. Leaves with stipules, simple, serrate, broadly ovate, with acuminate tips; velvety on both sides. Corolla yellow.

Distribution

Occasionally grown in NZ gardens; first seedlings seen near planted shrubs in 2017 near Whanganui

Habitat

Seedlings appear near planted specimens

Similar Taxa

Some other Abutilon species

Flower Colours

Yellow

Fruiting

A dry ridged capsule

Propagation Technique

Seed

Year Naturalised

2017

Origin

India and East Asia to Indonesia

Reason for Introduction

Ornamental; perhaps for fibre and medicinal uses.

This page last updated on 18 Mar 2018