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Family: Malvaceae
Abutilon otocarpum

Citation: F. Muell., Trans. Phil. Soc. Vic. 1:13 (1854).

Synonymy: Kochia decaptera, Kochia triptera

Common name: Desert Chinese-lantern, desert lantern.

Small compact or erect shrub to 60 cm high, covered with a dense velvety tomentum with long spreading hairs on the branches and petioles; leaves velvety-pubescent on both surfaces, crenate, cordate, orbicular to narrow-ovate, 1.5-6 cm long, thick.

Peduncles usually shorter than the petioles; calyx 6-12 mm long, strongly 5-keeled or almost winged in the lower half, the acuminate lobes longer than the tube; corolla yellow, scarcely exceeding the calyx.

Capsule shorter than the calyx, 7-10 mm diam., composed of 10-20 pubescent fruitlets which are rounded at the top and ear-shaped, each containing 3 glabrous wrinkled seeds.

image of FSA2_Abutilon_oto.jpg Abutilon otocarpum twig, fruit with some fruitlets removed and seed.
Image source: fig 432g 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, NL, MU.   all mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: all months.

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