Abutilon indicum (L.) Sweet Indian Lantern Flower
Hort.Brit. 54 (1826)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 18 September 1996

Upright shrub, 0.3-4 m high. Fl. yellow-orange, Feb to Nov. Sandy soils. Coastal dunes & flats, creeks.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Carnarvon, Dampierland, Northern Kimberley.

IBRA Subregions: Cape Range, Mitchell, Pindanland.

IMCRA Regions: Kimberley, Northwest Shelf.

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

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Tuesday 29 August 2017

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 45-180 mm long, 20-95 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). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 27-30 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx green, 15-18 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present. Corolla yellow or orange, 30 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 2-3 mm long; anthers 1-1.5 mm long. Staminodes absent. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present; style 1, 5-6 mm long, with numerous style branches or lobes, hairy for most of length. 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; carpels 15-18; seeds per loculus 2-4. Flowering time February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October or November. Distribution Botanical Province Northern or Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Carnarvon, North Kimberley or Dampierland.