Abutilon fruticosum


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Scientific Name Abutilon fruticosum (Abutilon texense) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Texas Indian Mallow, Pelotazo ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) Wildflower Center Ref.
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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.
Texas Status

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