Abutilon palmeri

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Abutilon palmeri
Abutilon palmeri flower 2002-10-14.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Abutilon
Species: A. palmeri
Binomial name
Abutilon palmeri

Abutilon palmeri (common names: Palmer's Abutilon, Superstition Mallow, and Palmer's Indian Mallow[1][2]) is a species of Abutilon native the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.


It is a dense, round shrub growing 3 to 8 feet tall (90-180 + cm), by 3 to 5 feet in diameter (90 cm-1.5 m);[1] the foliage is characterised by velvety heart-shaped (nearly round to cordate) leaves forming as alternates at meristems. The leaves are serrate, remarkable for dense woolly texture; pubescent; maintains velvety texture and bluish color of green above and below.

The flowers are yellow (5 petals; yellow to orange) and cup-shaped; approximately one inch in size. Plant blooms for most of summer. Abutilon palmeri produces a small fruit (1/2 inch approximate diameter); the fruit is round, capsular and multi-parted and covered with silky pubescence similar to foliage. Branch and stem parts are also pubescent with red-brown coloring to twigs; bark ranging green to brown.[3]


It is a popular ornamental plant in California native plants gardens in Southern California.


  1. ^ a b Palmer's Indian Mallow, Superstition Mallow (Abutilon palmeri)
  2. ^ ITIS Standard Report Page: Abutilon palmeri
  3. ^ Abutilon palmeri Fact Sheet