Abutilon theophrasti Medic. - Velvet-Leaf
Family - Malvaceae
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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.
Photographs taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 7-29-01, and in Noel, MO., 8-15-03.