Callianthe picta is taken here to include Callinthe striata as a synonym. Callianthe striata is very similar to Callianthe picta and is often considered to be a distinct species[
Abutilon pictum (Gillies. ex Hook. & Arn.) Walp.
Abutilon pleniflorum N.E.Br.
Abutilon pseudostriatum Hochr.
Abutilon striatum G.Dickson. ex Lindl.
Abutilon thompsonii André
Abutilon thompsonii H.J.Veitch
Sida picta Gillies ex Hook.
Sida striata (Dicks. ex Lindl.) D.Dietr.
Common Name: Abutilon
Abutilon pictum is an evergreen shrub growing up to 5 metres tall.
This species is often cultivated as an ornamental plant in warm temperate to tropical areas, the edible flowers are consumed locally.
S. America - southern Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Cultivated as an ornamental plant, it is not known in a truly wild situation.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental
Abutilon pictum is a plant of the warm temperate to subtropical zones, it is intolerant of temperatures that fall much below 0°c[
Requires a sunny position or part day shade in a fertile well-drained soil[
]. Dislikes drought[
There are several named varieties[
]. Several of the cultivars have golden-variegated leaves caused by a virus infection, this infection can spread to other plants[
Tip-prune young plants to promote a bushy habit[
]. Older plants tend to get rather leggy, but can be cut back almost to the base in order to promote new growth. This is best done in late winter as the plant starts to come into growth[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Flowers - raw or cooked. A delicious sweet flavour[
]. The flowers produce nectar all the time they are open so, assuming the plant is grown indoors and is not visited by pollinating insects, the sweetness increases the longer the flower is open[
An infusion of the open flower is drunk as a remedy for headaches[
The bark, which peels readily, furnishes a fibre of fine texture. Not used at present, it is worthy of experiment[
]. (As Abutilon striatum)
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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