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Useful Tropical Plants

Abutilon venosum

Lem.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Sida venosa (Lem.) A.Dietr.

Common Name:

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General Information

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

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - southern Brazil (Rio de Janeiro to Santa Catarina)

Habitat

Margins of dense rainforests[
1834
Title
Synopsis of Abutilon (Malvoideae, Malvaceae) in the state of São Paulo, Brazil
Publication
Phytotaxa 44: 39-57 (2012)
Author
Takeuchi C. & Esteves G.L.
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


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.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A white, soft, and lustrous fibre of fine quality is obtained from the stems. It is suitable for fishing lines, textile fabrics etc[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings root readily.
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