Abutilon indicum (L.) Sweet

Indian Lantern Flower

Hort. Brit., edn 1, 55 (1826) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Recorded once in Victoria from Coode Island near the mouth of the Yarra River in 1912. However, plants have not persisted at this site. Abutilon indicum is a shrub to 2.5 m tall with relatively large yellow flowers and heart-shaped leaves. Superficially resembles A. theophrasti, but readily distinguished from that species by the shortly-awned mericarps, and stems with short, densely-packed stellate hairs that give stems a creamy colour.   

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

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory