Abutilon indicum

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Abutilon indicum (L.) Sweet

Malvaceae

Life form: annual or biennial
Usage: economic plant

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: schizocarp

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Malvanae
Ordo:
Malvales

Abutilon indicum, commonly known as Indian mallow, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Abutilon indicum was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Robert Sweet, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1826.

Taxonomy

Abutilon indicum is a species in the genus Abutilon which contains approximately 226 to 297 species and belongs to the family of the Malvaceae (Mallow Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The plants are comparatively short-lived.

Leaves

Abutilon indicum is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Abutilon indicum produces light yellow-orange flowers.

The plants produce schizocarps.

Root System

Distribution

Abutilon indicum is native to $: trop.As. tropical Africa and and is naturalized in Florida, West India and tropical South America.

Cultivation

The plants tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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