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Velvetleaf

Abutilon theophrasti

  • Name also: China Jute, Buttonweed, Butterprint, Pie-marker, Indian Mallow
  • Family: Mallow Family – Malvaceae
  • Growing form: Perennial herb.
  • Height: 50–150 cm. Stem erect, densely haired (both straight and stellate hairs).
  • Flower: Radial (campanulate when young), 1–2 cm wide. Petals 5, yellow. Calyx hairy, 5-lobed, without epicalyx (the only Malva species in Finland without epicalyx), stamens several, pistil syncarpous, several stigmas. Flowers solitary in axils, long-stalked.
  • Leaves: Alternate, long-stalked, stipulate. Blade heart-shaped, dentate, round-toothed, soft-haired. Fragrant when crushed.
  • Fruit: 12–15-parted schizocarp, mericarps longish (2–3 mm). Seeds hairy, net-patterned.
  • Habitat: Loading-areas, waste lands, bird-feeding places.
  • Flowering time: August–September.

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