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Indian Mallow

Abutilon incanum

Pen & Ink of Indain Mallow, Abutilon incanum, © by Michael Plagens

Sketched from live specimen observed in the Growler Mts., Pima Co., Arizona. 27 March 1993.

Photo of Indain Mallow, Abutilon incanum, © by Michael Plagens FLOWERS: Five pale yellow petals with numerous stamens fused into a column around the style. Flowering late spring into autumn. Petal color varies from yellow to shades of white or pink. The flower shown here was observed at Cave Creek, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 13 November 2010.

FRUIT: A pleated shizocarp (brakes apart at maturity into distinct sections). In the photo at left a fruit can be seen just to the right of the open flower.

SUB-SHRUB: A weakly woody shrub sometimes a meter tall.

LEAVES: Triangular to deltoid leaves are 1 to 4 cm long - occasionally smaller or larger - and with serrated margins, a heart-shaped base and velvety texture.

RANGE: A common plant at mid elevations in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Sonora. Variable leaf and flower size. There are several similar looking Abutilon spp. in the Southwest.


Malvaceae -- Mallow Family

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