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Useful Tropical Plants

Abutilon grandifolium

(Willd.) Sweet

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Abutilon molle Sweet

Sida grandifolia Willd.

Sida mollis Ortega

Common Name: Hairy Abutilon

Abutilon grandifolium
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Rachid H
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General Information

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[
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Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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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[
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Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.

Habitat

Naturalized in Hawaii in waste areas, fields, and along roadsides, especially in arid regions, from near sea level up to 600 metres[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

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[
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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.
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The plant has escaped from cultivation and become naturalised in many parts of the tropics[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Decoctions of the leafy or fruiting stems are applied as an enema for the treatment of measles[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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0
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The leaves and stems are used internally and externally for the treatment of insect bites[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the bark is used for cordage[
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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.
]. Very strong, it is suitable for matting, paper etc[
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Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Propagation

Seed -

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