Abutilon leucopetalum (F.Muell.) Benth. Desert Chinese Lantern
Fl.Austral. 1:200-201 (1863)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 18 September 1996

Shrub, 0.3-2 m high. Fl. yellow/white, Mar to Aug. Red sand, laterite. Dunes, rocky creeklines, flats, breakaways.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Central Kimberley, Central Ranges, Dampierland, Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Murchison, Northern Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara, Tanami.

IBRA Subregions: Central, Eastern Murchison, Fitzroy Trough, Fortescue, Hamersley, Hart, Lateritic Plain, Mackay, Mann-Musgrave Block, McLarty, Mitchell, Ord, Ord-Victoria Plains P1, Pindanland, Shield, South Kimberley Interzone, Tanami P1, Trainor.

IMCRA Regions: Pilbara (offshore).

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Halls Creek, Karratha, Laverton, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku, Wiluna, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

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

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 35-40 mm long, 25-30 mm wide, not lobed; margins 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, 10-22 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs, with stellate hairs. Calyx green, 14-20 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present. Corolla yellow, 30-40 mm long, glabrous, scales absent. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 20-30 mm long; anthers 0.8-1 mm long. Staminodes absent. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present; style 1, 15-28 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, stellate hairs present; apex rounded; terminal awns or spines absent; calyx persistent to mature fruit; carpels 11; seeds per loculus 2-4. Flowering time March, April, May, June, July or August. Distribution Botanical Province Northern or Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Great Sandy Desert, Tanami, Pilbara, Little Sandy Desert, Gibson Desert, Central Ranges, Murchison, Great Victorian Desert, North Kimberley, Central Kimberley, Dampierland or Ord-Victorian-Plain.