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hoary abutilon, Indian mallow, pelotazo, pelotazo chico

Habit Subshrubs, 1–2 m. Stems erect, terete when young, minutely tomentulose.

stipules subulate, 3 mm;

petiole ca. 1/2 times as long as blade;

blade concolorous, ovate, to 6 cm, longer than wide, base cordate, margins irregularly serrulate or crenate, apex acute or acuminate, surfaces densely tomentulose, obscured by pubescence.


solitary flowers or in open panicles.


calyx 3–5 mm, lobes not overlapping, spreading or somewhat reflexed in fruit, lanceolate-ovate;

corolla reflexed, yellow or pink with dark red center, petals 4–6 mm;

staminal column pubescent;

style 5-branched.


3 per mericarp, 2 mm, puberulent but appearing glabrous.


cask-shaped, not medially constricted, 7–9 × 6 mm;

mericarps: apex acute or apiculate, surface tomentulose.


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Abutilon incanum

Phenology Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat Open, arid habitats, hills and plains
Elevation 0–1000 m (0–3300 ft)
from FNA
AZ; CO; NM; HI; Mexico (Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora)
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Abutilon incanum is found in Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora, adjacent Arizona, and disjunctly in Hawaii, where it is considered to be native.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 6, p. 224.
Parent taxa Malvaceae > subfam. Malvoideae > Abutilon
Sibling taxa
A. abutiloides, A. berlandieri, A. coahuilae, A. fruticosum, A. hirtum, A. hulseanum, A. hypoleucum, A. malacum, A. mollicomum, A. palmeri, A. parishii, A. parvulum, A. permolle, A. reventum, A. theophrasti, A. trisulcatum, A. wrightii
Synonyms Sida incana
Name authority (Link) Sweet: Hort. Brit., 53. (1826)
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