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Useful Tropical Plants

Abutilon abutiloides

(Jacq.) Garcke ex Hochr.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Abutilon americanum (L.) Sweet

Abutilon jacquinii G.Don

Abutilon lignosum (Cav.) D.Don

Lavatera americana L.

Sida abutiloides Jacq.

Sida lignosa Cav.

Common Name: Amantillo

Abutilon abutiloides
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Ries Lindley
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Abutilon abutiloides Abutilon abutiloides Abutilon abutiloides

General Information

Amantillo is a shrubby herb growing about 1.5 metres tall.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use medicinally and for fibre.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.

Range

Southern N. America - Texas, south to southern Mexico and the Caribbean.

Habitat

A weed of arid places near the sea in Jamaica[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Succeeds in tropical and subtropical environments.
Plants in this genus generally require a position in full sun or part day shade, and a fertile well-drained soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.
].

Other Uses

A fibre is obtained from the stems[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. Used for making twine and rope[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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