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); 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.
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- Palmer's Indian Mallow, Superstition Mallow (Abutilon palmeri)
- ITIS Standard Report Page: Abutilon palmeri
- Abutilon palmeri Fact Sheet
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