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Abutilon abutiloides (Shrubby indian mallow)
Cliffe, Harry

Abutilon abutiloides

Abutilon abutiloides (Jacq.) Garcke ex Hochr.

Shrubby Indian Mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Abutilon americanum, Abutilon jacquinii, Abutilon lignosum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (I)

The 1 inch wide flowers have a central column of stamens and 5 petals that are slightly longer than the sepals. The flowers open late in the afternoon. The leaves are heart-shaped with toothed edges. Both the plants and leaves are stellate pubescent (covered in short, velvety, radiating, star-shaped hairs)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Stellate
Leaf Margin: Dentate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Drought Tolerance: High


Use Ornamental:
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Budding

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Abutilon abutiloides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Abutilon abutiloides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Abutilon abutiloides


Record Modified: 2023-04-13
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