Abutilon albidum (Willd.) Sweet
Abutilon arborescens Medik.
Abutilon asiaticum (L.) Sweet
Abutilon australe malvifolium (Benth.) Baker f.
Abutilon cavaleriei H.Lév.
Abutilon croizatianum Moscoso
Abutilon cunninghamii Benth.
Abutilon cysticarpum Hance ex Walp.
Abutilon elongatum Moench
Abutilon frutescens Medik.
Abutilon grandiflorum G.Don
Abutilon hirsutissimum Moench
Abutilon leiospermum Griseb.
Abutilon malvifolium (Benth.) J.M.Black
Abutilon oxycarpum malvifolium Benth.
Abutilon populifolium (Lam.) Sweet
Abutilon pubescens (Cav.) Urb.
Abutilon subpapyraceum Hochr.
Abutilon vesicarium (Cav.) Sweet
Beloere cistiflora Shuttlew. ex A.Gray
Sida albida Willd.
Sida asiatica L.
Sida indica L.
Sida populifolia Lam.
Common Name: Country Mallow
Flower and leaves
Photograph by: B.navez
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Abutilon indicum is an erect, many branched, usually perennial plant with stems up to about 2 metres tall that become rather woody, especially at the base, and persist for a number of years. Sometimes though, the stems are annual, with the plant dying back each year to a woody base.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of fibre. It is grown as an ornamental in gardens.
E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Open areas and uncultivated land to elevations of 700 metres in Nepal[
]. Disturbed sites at low elevations near the sea[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a sunny position or part day shade in a fertile well-drained soil[
The plant has escaped from cultivation and has become widespread as a weed in the tropics[
Dead-heading plants to prevent seeding can enhance longevity[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
The roasted seeds are eaten[
All parts of the plant contain mucilaginous substances and these are in large part responible for the plants healing and soothng properties[
The seeds yield raffinose and a semi-drying oil consisting of linoleic, oleic, palmitic and slearic acids[
The juice of the leaves is demulcent and diuretic[
]. A decoction of the leaves is used to treat fever, colic etc, and is used externally for cleaning wounds and ulcers[
A paste made of the leaves or seeds is applied to wounds, boils and ulcers[
The seeds are laxative and are useful in cases of haemorrhoids and cough[
An infusion of the root is used as a treatment for leprosy[
]. It is taken internally as a cooling remedy for coughs and fevers[
A decoction of the flowers is used to treat fever, colic, and for cleaning wounds and ulcers[
A strong white fibre is obtained from the stem bark[
]. Fibre from mature stems is suitable for making cordage, twine and rope, whilst that from younger stems can be woven into fabrics[
]. The fibre takes dyes readily[
]. The stems are easy to ret[
Seed - germination should take place within a few weeks. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of young shoots[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
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