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Useful Tropical Plants

Abutilon purpurascens

(Link) K.Schum.

Malvaceae


There have been several studies into the taxonomy of this and other related species (2016). It is almost as if each one has arrived at a new conclusion and renamed the plant accordingly. The online 'Flora do Brasil' treats this species as Abutilon purpurascens (Link) K.Schum. However, in some treatments that species has been merged with Abutilon esculentum A.St.-Hil as Abutilon esculentum. Then this section of the genus Abutilon was moved to the genus Bakeridesia, with this species becoming Bakeridesia esculenta (A.St.-Hil.) Monteiro. In 2012, Aliya A. Donnell in 'A Systematic Revision of Bakeridesia Hochr. (Malvaceae)' has proposed moving the species to the genus Callianthe, though a valid new name was not published. At the present (2016), we are retaining the name Abutilon purpurascens until we see evidence that the new names are being accepted[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Abutilon esculentum A.St.-Hil.

Bakeridesia esculenta (A.St.-Hil.) Monteiro

Abutilon carneum A.St.-Hil.

Abutilon speciosum (Willd. ex Spreng.) G.Don

Abutilon virens A.St.-Hil. & Naudin

Bakeridesia purpurascens (Link) Monteiro

Sida esculenta Steud.

Sida hilaireana Steud.

Sida purpurascens Link

Sida rosea Link & Otto

Sida speciosa Willd. ex Spreng.

Sida triflora Vell.

Common Name:

Abutilon purpurascens

General Information

Abutilon purpurascens is an evergreen shrub growing about 2.4 metres tall.
The edible flowers are sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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.

Range

S. America - eastern Brazil.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.40 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Requires 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.
].
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
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

Flowers - cooked. Used as a vegetable[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
,
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
,
105
Title
Tanaka's Cyclopedia of Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Tanaka. T. & Nakao S.
Publisher
Keigaku Publishing; Tokyo
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
The most comprehensive list of edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 15°c[
133
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 1.
Publication
 
Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1987
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of young shoots. Very easy, they root quickly[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
].
Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
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.
]. Very easy, they root quickly[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
].
Cuttings of mature wood.

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