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Useful Tropical Plants

Abutilon otocarpum

F.Muell.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Desert Lantern

Abutilon otocarpum
Leaves, Seedpods and flowers
Photograph by: Schmidt-Lebuhn, A.N.
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens

General Information

Desert lantern is a small shrub growing up to 1 metre tall.
A fibre was obtained from the stem bark by the Aborigines, but it is unknown if the plant is still utilized today.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.

Range

Australia - All mainland states.

Habitat

Semi-arid districts; on red sandy soils, sand rises and dunes[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Growing wild in a range of climates from warm temperate to the tropical zone, it is found particularly in semi-arid areas of the tropics and subtropics[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
].
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.
].
The plant can be in flower for much of the year.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre is obtained from the stem bark[
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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