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[
Abutilon carneum A.St.-Hil.
Abutilon esculentum A.St.-Hil.
Abutilon purpurascens (Link) K.Schum.
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.
Abutilon purpurascens is an evergreen shrub growing about 2.4 metres tall.
The edible flowers are sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally. The plant is often grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its flowers.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Abutilon purpurascens is a plant of subtropical to tropical climates and is generally not very hardy in the temperate zone.
Requires full sun or part day shade and a fertile well-drained soil[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Flowers - cooked. Used as a vegetable[
Seed - germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 15°c[
]. 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[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
]. Very easy, they root quickly[
Cuttings of mature wood.
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