Sida venosa (Lem.) A.Dietr.
Abutilon venosum is an evergreen shrub or small tree with rather straggling branches. The wood is soft and new branches are often herbaceous, but becoming more woody as they grow older.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its fibre. It is sometimes grown as an annual, valued especially for its attractive flowers
S. America - southern Brazil (Rio de Janeiro to Santa Catarina)
Margins of dense rainforests[
- Synopsis of Abutilon (Malvoideae, Malvaceae) in the state of São Paulo, Brazil
- Phytotaxa 44: 39-57 (2012)
- Takeuchi C. & Esteves G.L.
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a good, well-drained soil with plenty of moisture in the growing season.
Of rapid growth when young, the plant soon becomes tall and without leaves below.
Shortening the leading shoots in the growing season will encourage the plant to branch and counteract its tendency to become bare below.
A white, soft, and lustrous fibre of fine quality is obtained from the stems. It is suitable for fishing lines, textile fabrics etc[
- Useful Fiber Plants of the World
- Dodge C.R.
- USDA; Washington.
- A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
Cuttings root readily.
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