Abutilon megapotamicum (Spreng.) J.St-Hil. & Naudin

Trailing Abutilon

Low, spreading bush usually less than 1 m tall. Leaves mostly 6-8 cm long, 3 cm wide, long-pointed, almost hairless; margin round-toothed. Leaf stalk about 1.5 cm long. Flowers Fuchsia-like, mostly solitary in the upper leaf axils, stalks thin, 2-3 cm long; spring to early summer. Sepals 1-1.5 cm long, urn-shaped, red. Petals 5, 1.5-2 cm long, pointed, yellow with a purple-tinged base. Staminal column dark purple, about 5 cm long. [a. vexillarium e. Morr.]

S Brazil

Red sepals and yellow petals.


A. ×milleri hort. is a presumed hybrid between A. megapotamicum and A. pictum: the flowers are occasionally in pairs. Petals reddish orange on the outside, base crimson, yellow-orange towards the tip with crimson veins, the staminal column is crimson and the calyx rose-coloured. ['Milleri']

Source: Marshall, L. (1997). Abutilon. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Abutilon megapotamicum 'Halo'

Leaves spearhead-like. Flowers flared, yellow with orange-brown ring on the inside and golden stamens.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Imp'

Flowers bright red, calyx with flared yellow petals.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Kentish Belle'

Flowers yellow-orange veined pale purple, perianth grey-red, staminal column grey-purple and protruding beyond the petals.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red Goblin'

Flowers shining orange-red with carmine-red calyx and a brown protruding staminal column.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum'

Prostrate evergreen shrub. Leaves spearhead-shaped with a yellow mosaic variegation.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Abutilon Mill.