Abutilon lepidum (F.Muell.) A.S.Mitch.
J.Adelaide Bot.Gard. 2:358 (1980)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 18 September 1996

Spindly, erect shrub, 0.5-2 m high. Fl. yellow/orange-yellow, May to Oct. Sandy or gravelly soils.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Carnarvon, Central Ranges, Dampierland, Gascoyne, Great Sandy Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Murchison, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara, Tanami.

IBRA Subregions: Ashburton, Augustus, Cape Range, Carnegie, Chichester, Eastern Murchison, Fitzroy Trough, Fortescue, Hamersley, Mackay, Mann-Musgrave Block, McLarty, Ord, Ord-Victoria Plains P1, Pindanland, Roebourne, Rudall, Tanami P1, Western Murchison.

IMCRA Regions: Pilbara (nearshore).

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Ashburton, Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Halls Creek, Karratha, Meekatharra, Ngaanyatjarraku, Port Hedland, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna.

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

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 12-90 mm long, 10-65 mm wide, not lobed; margins crenate, sinuate or serrate; 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, 7.5-17 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs, with stellate hairs. Calyx green, 6-8.5 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present. Corolla yellow, 7-17 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 2-4 mm long; anthers 0.4-0.5 mm long. Staminodes absent. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 2-4 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, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, scales absent; apex rounded; calyx persistent to mature fruit; carpels 16; seeds per loculus 2-4. Flowering time May, June, July, August, September or October. Distribution Botanical Province Northern or Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Great Sandy Desert, Tanami, Pilbara, Carnarvon, Gascoyne, Little Sandy Desert, Central Ranges, Murchison, Dampierland or Ord-Victorian-Plain.