Abutilon malvifolium (Benth.) J.M.Black

Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 49: 274 (1925) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Prostrate annual, 10–70 cm wide; branchlets densely tomentose with glandular hairs and occasional sessile stellate hairs and long simple hairs. Leaves broadly ovate to circular, 1–4 cm long, 2–3 cm wide, often 3–5 lobed, ± concolorous, becoming sparsely hairy above; base cordate; margins crenate; apex rounded. Flowers solitary; calyx obscurely 5-ribbed, campanulate, 5.5–10 mm long; lobes shortly acuminate, lined along midline; corolla yellow, c. equal to or exceeding calyx; lobes 3.8–6 mm long, asymmetrically rounded apically; staminal column c. 1.5 mm long, glabrous; styles 5–8. Fruit campanulate, 6–10 mm high (including awns), tomentose with stellate and simple glandular hairs, with occasional longer hairs along sutures, adjacent mericarps adhering for more than half their length, spreading widely from each other but remaining attached basally; mericarps 3-seeded, 6 mm high, 2.5 mm wide, with an apical awn 1.5–3 mm long, pointing outwards. Flowers year-round, but chiefly summer and winter to early spring.

RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Known in Victoria only from cracking grey clay soils of the Murray River floodplain near Red Cliffs.

Source: Barker, R.M. (1996). Abutilon. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Abutilon oxycarpum var. malvaefolium Benth.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Abutilon
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Abutilon malvifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Abutilon malvifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales