Abutilon albescens Malvaceae

Also known as Abutilon indicum subsp. albescens

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Form and Size: Woody shrub to 2m in height.

Distribution: Northern areas of Qld., N.T., and WA.

Leaves: Alternate, large, heart-shaped, velvety, to approx. 20cm x 20cm; green above, whitish-grey under; tip is elongated and pointed.

Bark: Smooth, green-grey.

Flowers: Bright yellow, 5-6cm diameter; borne individually on stalks about 9cm long.

Flowering Period: March to July.

Fruit: Capsule, dry, papery, 1.5-3.5cm in diameter, numerous hairy segments each containing 1-3 grey seeds.

Distinctive Features: Large leaves, flattened Hibiscus-like flower.

Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed or cuttings. Requires a warm, sunny position and well drained soil.