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Abutilon geranioides (DC.) Benth.

Fl.Austral. 1:202 (1863)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Shrub, (0.2-)0.9-2.5 m high. Fl. yellow-cream, May or Aug to Sep. Sand, clay. Sand dunes, floodplains.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 18 September 1996

Scientific Description

Shrub, with glabrous stems. Leaves 25-105 mm long, 13-55 mm wide, tripartitely lobed or irregularly lobed; margins crenate or serrate; hairy, with Simple hairs (without tubercle bases), with stellate hairswith scales absent, Sessile glands absent; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves), 8-15 mm long. Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 13-14 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs, with scales absent. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx green, 16-20 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, Sessile glands absent, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present, scales absent, Terminal appendages absent, number of ribs absent. Corolla yellow, 22-33 mm long, glabrous, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) absent, stellate hairs absent, tubercle-based simple hairs absent, gland-tipped hairs absent, scales absent. Indumentum (outside) Sessile glands absent. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 18-21 mm long; anthers 0.4-0.5 mm long, indumentum absent (anthers glabrous). Staminodes absent, appendages absent. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present, stellate hairs absent, gland-tipped hairs absent; style 1, 22-24 mm long, with numerous style branches or lobes, hairy for most of length, wing absent. Fruits dehiscent (capsules and follicles), length-width ratio more or less as long as wide, hairs or scales present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) absent, stellate hairs present, Sessile glands absent, tubercle-based simple hairs absent, gland-tipped hairs absent, scales absent; apex distinctly flat-topped; prickles absent (except perhaps a terminal awn); terminal awns or spines present; calyx persistent to mature fruit, not accrescent; carpels 10-12; seeds per loculus 1 or ≥5. Flowering time May, August or September. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Carnarvon, Yalgoo and Murchison.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 11 August 2023


IBRA Regions
Carnarvon, Murchison, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Cape Range, Edel, Western Murchison, Wooramel.
IMCRA Regions
Shark Bay, Zuytdorp.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Carnarvon, Exmouth, Murchison, Shark Bay, Upper Gascoyne.