Abutilon molle Sweet
Sida grandifolia Willd.
Sida mollis Ortega
Common Name: Hairy Abutilon
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Rachid H
Hairy abutilon is a perennial plant with stems that are more or less woody and can persist. It usually grows 1 - 2 metres tall, with some specimens up to 3 metres[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of fibre. It is sometimes cultivated for this fibre, and is also grown as an ornamental plant[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.
Naturalized in Hawaii in waste areas, fields, and along roadsides, especially in arid regions, from near sea level up to 600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the tropics and subtropics.
Plants in this genus generally require a position in full sun or part day shade, and a fertile well-drained soil[
The plant has escaped from cultivation and become naturalised in many parts of the tropics[
Decoctions of the leafy or fruiting stems are applied as an enema for the treatment of measles[
The leaves and stems are used internally and externally for the treatment of insect bites[
A fibre obtained from the bark is used for cordage[
]. Very strong, it is suitable for matting, paper etc[
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