Indian abutilon, Indian mallow
Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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.
Occasionally grown in NZ gardens; first seedlings seen near planted shrubs in 2017 near Whanganui
Seedlings appear near planted specimens
Some other Abutilon species
A dry ridged capsule
India and East Asia to Indonesia
Reason for introduction
Ornamental; perhaps for fibre and medicinal uses.
abutilon: From the Arabic word for a mallow-like plant.