Flower and leaves. Photographer I Sacek snr, Czech Republic

Plant. Photographer John Hilty, Illinois, USA

Fruiting body. Photographer Michael Becker, unknown place

Line drawing in Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913 An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions

Common Name

Swamp Chinese-lantern




Introduced annual forb to 1m tall. Leaves alternating up the stems, flat, 2-30cm long, almost circular, hairy, margins entire or toothed, and with pointed tips. Flowers yellow to orange, with 5 petals, borne singly on stalks originating at the base of the leaves.

Differs from Abutilon fraseri, Abutilon halophilum, and Abutilon otocarpum in that the fruitlets in the fruiting body have distinct awns.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 483

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