Abutilon cryptopetalum (F.Muell.) Benth.
Fl.Austral. 1:201-202 (1863)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 18 September 1996

Erect, spindly shrub, 0.25-1.5 m high. Fl. yellow/cream-white, Mar to Jun or Sep. Sandy or pebbly loam, clay. Creeklines, stony plains.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Carnarvon, Coolgardie, Gascoyne, Geraldton Sandplains, Gibson Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Jarrah Forest, Little Sandy Desert, Murchison, Nullarbor, Pilbara, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Augustus, Avon Wheatbelt P1, Avon Wheatbelt P2, Cape Range, Carnegie, Central, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Murchison, Fortescue, Geraldton Hills, Hamersley, Lateritic Plain, Northern band, Carlisle, Northern Jarrah Forest, Southern Cross, Tallering, Trainor, Western Murchison, Wooramel.

IMCRA Regions: Shark Bay.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Ashburton, Beverley, Coolgardie, Cue, Dalwallinu, Dundas, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Goomalling, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kellerberrin, Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Menzies, Merredin, Mount Magnet, Murchison, Ngaanyatjarraku, Northam, Northampton, Nungarin, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna, Yalgoo, Yilgarn.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Wednesday 15 January 2020

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 25-100 mm long, 15-55 mm wide, not lobed; margins crenate; indumentum present, with non-tubercle-based simple hairs, with stellate hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves), 4-12 mm long. Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 7-30 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Calyx green, 10-12 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, stellate hairs present, number of ribs present, ten. Corolla yellow, white or cream, 11-16 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 1-4 mm long; anthers 0.5-1 mm long. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 7-8 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, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present; apex distinctly flat-topped; calyx persistent to mature fruit; carpels 2; seeds per loculus 1 or ≥5. Flowering time March, April, May, June or September. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean or South-West, IBRA Bioregion Pilbara, Carnarvon, Gascoyne, Gibson Desert, Yalgoo, Murchison, Great Victorian Desert, Coolgardie, Geraldton Sandplains, Avon Wheatbelt or Jarrah Forest.