Abutilon cunninghamii Benth.
Fl.Austral. 1:205 (1863)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 18 September 1996

Upright perennial, herb or shrub, 0.5-0.9 m high. Fl. yellow-orange, Sep to Oct. Red sand or clay.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province.

IBRA Regions: Carnarvon, Gascoyne, Little Sandy Desert, Pilbara, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Ashburton, Cape Range, Chichester, Edel, Fortescue, Hamersley, Roebourne, Rudall, Wooramel.

IMCRA Regions: Ningaloo, Pilbara (offshore), Shark Bay.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Ashburton, Carnarvon, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Karratha, Shark Bay.

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

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 12-55 mm long, 12-54 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire; 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, 15-25 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs, with absent. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx green, 9-11 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present. Corolla yellow or orange, 20-25 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 20-32 mm long; anthers 0.3-0.4 mm long. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present; style 1, 22-35 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 5; seeds per loculus 1 or ≥5. Flowering time September or October. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Pilbara, Carnarvon, Gascoyne, Little Sandy Desert or Yalgoo.