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Common name

English: Velvetleaf

German: Samtpappel

Mandarin: 苘麻 (qing ma)

Portuguese: Malvão


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Malvales (80)

        Family: Malvaceae (60)(family description)

          Genus: Abutilon (4)

            Epithet: theophrasti Medik. (1)

Synonyms: Abutilon avicennae Gaertn., Malva abutilon E.H.L. Krause, Sida abutilon L., Sida tiliifolia Fisch.

abutilon => mallow (Malva)-like

avicennae => in honor of Ibn Sina (Avicenna latinized name) (980–1037), Persian philosopher and physician

theophrasti => commemorates Theophrastus of Eresos (371-287 BC), an Greek philosopher and botanist – often referred to as 'Father of Botany'

tiliifolia => leaves resembling those of Tilia


Climate: temperate, sub-tropical, tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb, shrub

Flower colour: yellow

External links

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