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Family: Malvaceae
Abutilon malvaefolium

Citation: J. Black; Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 49:274 (1925).

Synonymy: A. oxycarpum (F. Muell.)F. Muell. ex Benth. var. malvaefolium Benth., Fl. Aust. 1:204 (1863). , Abutilon malvifolium

Common name: Bastard marshmallow, mallow-leaved lantern flower.

Small undershrub often less than 30 cm high and sometimes with the branches spreading close to the ground; with a sparse tomentum of longer simple hairs among stellate ones; leaves often becoming subglabrous above, crenate, orbicular to ovate, usually with 3-5 very shallow lobes, 1-4 cm long, on long slender petioles.

Peduncles about as long as the petioles or longer; calyx 6--10 mm long, indented at the base, with broad lobes longer than the tube; corolla yellow, about as long as or longer than the calyx.

Capsule very slightly longer than the calyx, 5-8 mm diam., fruitlets 5-10, each with 2 short spreading-erect awns c. 2 mm long, containing 2 or 3 glabrous or pubescent seeds.

image of FSA2_Abutilon_mal.jpg Abutilon malvaefolium twig, fruit with some fruitlets removed and seed.
Image source: fig 432f in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 486.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU.   W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Feb. — Nov.

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