Abutilon theophrasti Medic. - Velvet-Leaf

Abutilon theophrasti plant

Family - Malvaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Leaves - No info yet.

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Abutilon theophrasti calyxCalyx.

Abutilon theophrasti flower

Abutilon theophrasti fruitFruit.

Flowering - June - October.

Habitat - Cultivated fields, waste ground, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to India.

Other info. - This introduced weed can be found throughout Missouri. The entire plant is covered with short, soft trichomes and the plant is commonly called "Velvet-leaf." It is most commonly seen along disturbed roadsides and in unkempt cultivated fields. In fact, the Syngenta corporation in North Carolina is developing varieties of corn which produce an herbicide specifically targeted against Abutilon.
The Chinese used (use) the plant for many ailments such as fever, dysentery, and stomachaches. In experiments it has been shown to be a depressant.

Photographs taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 7-29-01, and in Noel, MO., 8-15-03.


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