Greek alytos—united, undivided; gyne—a woman, referring to the undivided style.
Perennial woody and rough shrubs with star-like hairs. Leaves alternate, entire to lobed, cylindrical or round. Flowers in leaf axils, stalked, each lasting 1-2 days only. Epicalyx bracts 4-10, mostly fused at the base. Sepals 5, fused at the base. Petals 5, white to pink, red or purple. Carpels 5; styles undivided. Fruit a capsule splitting by 5 valves.
Seed or cuttings.
5 species endemic to Australia.
Source: (1997). Abutilon. In: . 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.