Abutilon pictum

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Abutilon pictum (Gillies ex Hook. & Arn.) Walp.

Malvaceae

Life form: shrub

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: schizocarp

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: pendant

Canopy: rounded to broadly spreading

Taxonomy

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

Abutilon pictum is a shrub.

Naming

Abutilon pictum was already described and the name validly published by William Jackson Hooker based on a prior description by John Gillies. It was Wilhelm Gerhard Walpers, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1842.

Taxonomy

Abutilon pictum 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 shrubs reach heights of 4,5 to 5 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Abutilon pictum has dark-green, simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are ovate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Abutilon pictum produces solitary pendant, orange campanulate flowers from August to September.

The shrubs produce schizocarps.

Root System

Distribution

Abutilon pictum is native to Brazil and is naturalized in Central America and South America.

Cultivation

The shrubs tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

The ornamental value of Abutilon pictum lies especially in the ornamental leaves.

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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