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Genus: Abutilon

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales > Family: Malvaceae

There are about 100 species worldwide, occurring mainly in the tropics and subtropics. Twenty species are native to southern Africa, one species is naturalised, and a further three species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Abutilon angulatum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Abutilon austro-africanum

 

Abutilon betschuanicum

 

Abutilon dinteri

 

Abutilon engleranum

 

Abutilon flanaganii

 

Abutilon fruticosum

 

Abutilon galpinii

 

Abutilon grandiflorum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Abutilon grantii

 

Abutilon hirtum

 

Abutilon indicum subsp. guineense

 

Abutilon lauraster

 

Abutilon longicuspe

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Abutilon mauritianum

 

Abutilon piloso-cinereum

 

Abutilon pycnodon

 

Abutilon ramosum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Abutilon rehmannii

 

Abutilon sonneratianum

Species naturalised in southern Africa

From Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Abutilon theophrasti (Chingma, Chinese jute, Velvetleaf, Buttonweed, Butterprint, Indian mallow)

Native to tropical Asia. See Wikipedia

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Abutilon darwinii (Darwin's mallow)

Native to Brazil. See Wikipedia

 

Abutilon megapotamicum (Trailing abutilon)

Native to Brazil. See Wikipedia

 

Abutilon pictum (Redvein abutilon, Red vein Indian mallow)

Native to Brazil. See Wikipedia

 

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Ecological relationships

Herbivores

Gomalia elma (Green-marbled sandman)

Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae - skipper butterflies

Larvae eat the leaves.

 

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 

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