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Useful Tropical Plants

Abutilon pannosum

(G.Forst.) Schltdl.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Abutilon benadirense Mattei

Abutilon muticum (Delile ex DC.) Sweet

Sida glauca Cav.

Sida mutica Delile ex DC.

Sida pannosa G.Forst.

Common Name:

Abutilon pannosum

General Information

Abutilon pannosum is a perennial sub-shrub that forms a woody base and can also produce persistent, woody stems[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
]. It grows about 2 metres tall[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - drier areas of Mauritania & Senegal to Sudan and Somalia, through Arabia to India.

Habitat

Silty and often saline flood-plains; river banks; wet depressions in Acacia bushland; cultivations; dunes; clayey-sandy soils, clayey and sandy soils in depressions between dunes at elevations of 30 - 900 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


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.
].

Edible Uses

The seeds are sometimes eaten[
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.
].
An infusion is made from the seeds[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Medicinal

The plant contains mucilage. It is used to treat diarrhoea, dysentery and stomach troubles[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
],

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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