Abutilon mauritianum (Jacq.) Medik.

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Abutilon mauritianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Abutilon mauritianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Abutilon mauritianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Abutilon mauritianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Abutilon mauritianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Abutilon zanzibaricum Boj. ex Mast.
Sida mauritiana Jacq.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Soft-wooded, much-branched shrub up to c. 1.5 m tall. Leaves more or less broadly ovate-cordate, up to 18 × 16 cm, with a long acuminate tip, unlobed, discolorous, dark green above, paler grey-green below with prominent veins; margin slightly but distinctly serrate-crenate; petiole up to 18 cm long. Flowers axillary, often on short axillary shoots, yellow, sometimes reddish at the base or with reddish veins, c. 3 cm in diameter. Calyx more or less cup-shaped, 10-18 mm long and 8-10 mm in diameter; lobes 6-12 mm long, ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate-linear, gradually acuminate. Fruit 20-25 mm in diameter, stellate-pubescent with 23-40 mericarps, 2-3-seeded, black when dry, radiately spreading with long, spine-like awns c. 1/3 of the length of the mericarp.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mauritianum: of Mauritius
Habitat: On a variety of soils in grassland, woodland and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical, Africa, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Mauritius.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 18 April 2012
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 83.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae FZ 1(2) Pages 493 - 494. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 60.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 73.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Abutilon mauritianum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138910, retrieved 23 October 2014

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