Abutilon fraseri (Hook.) Walp.

Dwarf Lantern-flower

Ann. Bot. Syst. 2: 158 (1851) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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

Upright or spreading perennial, 40–100 cm tall; branchlets velvety, with simple glandular and stellate hairs and occasional longer simple hairs. Leaves ovate, 0.5–7 cm long, 0.8–4 cm wide, not markedly discolorous. Flowers solitary or in cymes; calyx campanulate, 7.5–9 mm long, 5-ribbed, ± equal to fruit; lobes acuminate, midline darker at apex; corolla yellow, exceeding calyx; lobes 5–16 mm long, asymmetrically emarginate apically; staminal column 6–9 mm long, pubescent; styles 10–11. Fruit transversely rectangular, green, 6–9 mm high, adjacent mericarps adhering for c. quarter of their surface, soon separating; mericarps 1- or 2-seeded, unawned. 

MuM, RobP.

A distinctive species, recognized by its glandular indumentum, its quickly dissociating mericarps and by the acuminate calyx lobes in which the midline of each lobe is much darker apically. The size of the flower varies considerably.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Abutilon
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Abutilon fraseri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Abutilon fraseri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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