There are 4 species of Abutilon in Sabino; all are commonly called Indian Mallow. Keep in mind, though, that we're learning to identify at the level of FAMILY - not genus, and especially not species.
|Photo credits: Lt. fruit © Gene Spesard|
top rt: © 2016 T. Beth Kinsey ; bottom rt. © Ned Harris
First up, Abutilon abutiloides i.e., Abutilon that looks like Abutilon. How convenient! The flowers (not pictured in the slide) are yellow with 5 separate petals (of course). The fruit is lovely with 10-or-so chambers. The highly trained naturalist (HTN) dumped the seeds out into her hand in the photo in the bottom right.
|Photo credits: flower © 2016 T. Beth Kinsey|
foliage, fruit © Marty Horowitz
Abutilon reventum has large, very soft leaves. HTN is holding a ripe fruit; these have 10-12 chambers.
|Photos Flower © 1993 C. David Bertelsen; Fruit © 2013 Ted Myers|
(Yes, I use this slide in the quiz when I give this presentation live.) Note the 5 compartments of the fruit of Abutilon incanum.
Tomorrow: A nod to Anoda
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