Abutilon grandifolium (Willd.) Sweet

Hairy Indian Mallow

Hort. Brit., edn 1, 53 (1826) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Shrub to 3 m tall; branches hirsute or pubescent with glandular stellate hairs below longer simple hairs. Leaves broadly ovate to lanceolate, or orbicular, 3–18 cm long, 2–13 cm wide, discolorous; base deeply cordate; margins coarsely serrate; apex acuminate to obtuse. Flowers axillary, solitary or in clusters of up to 3; calyx 5-ribbed, ± urceolate, 7–15 mm long; lobes lanceolate, keeled basally; corolla yellow to orange, exceeding the calyx; lobes 8–15 mm long, rounded apically; staminal column c. 7 mm long, stellate-hairy towards base; styles 8–10. Fruit ovoid-globular, 10–15 mm high, stellate-pubescent with longer simple hairs along sutures, adjacent mericarps adhering for less than a third of their surface, but remaining fused basally; mericarps 2–3-seeded, c. 10 mm high, 5–7 mm wide, beaked apically. Flowers Sep. (2 records)

*GipP. Also naturalised in WA, Qld, NSW. Native to South America. Sometimes grown as an ornamental, occasionally colonising disturbed sites in the Melbourne area.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-08
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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 grandifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Abutilon grandifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales