Abutilon auritum (Link) Sweet
Hort.Brit. 53 (1826)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 18 September 1996

Erect perennial, herb or shrub. Fl. yellow, May to Jun.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Northern Kimberley.

IBRA Subregions: Mitchell.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Derby-West Kimberley, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Wednesday 21 August 2019

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 70-230 mm long, 40-145 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire or crenate; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 6-7 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx green, 9-10.5 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present. Corolla yellow, 12-16 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 2-3 mm long; anthers 0.7-0.9 mm long. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 5-9 mm long, with numerous style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Fruits dehiscent (capsules and follicles), length-width ratio more or less as long as wide, hairs or scales present, stellate hairs present; apex rounded; calyx persistent to mature fruit; seeds per loculus 1 or ≥5. Flowering time May or June. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley.