Abutilon fruticosum [Malvaceae]


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Scientific Name Abutilon fruticosum (Abutilon texense) USDA PLANTS Symbol ABFR3
Common Name Texas Indian Mallow, Pelotazo ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 181989
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) Flora of North America Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry, calcareous soils in prairies, open woods and rocky areas.
Plant: Upright to sprawling perennial shrub commonly 2 to 3 feet tall (or wide), hairy stem, branched or unbranched.
Leaves:Thick, alternate, mostly ovate-cordate, sharp to tapering point, toothed edges, with tiny star-shaped hairs underneath; up to 4 inches long, smaller on the branchlets.
Inflorescence: Solitary orange-yellow blossoms in the leaf axils, from 3/8 to 1-inch across, 5 petals, numerous stamens.
Bloom Period: June to October.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, Wildflower.org and USDA Plant Fact Sheet by James E. Smith.
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