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8. Abutilon incanum (Link) Sweet, Hort. Brit. 53. 1826.

Pelotazo chico Pelotazo chico

Sida incana Link, Enum. Hort. Berol. Alt. 2: 204. 1822

Subshrubs, 1–2 m. Stems erect, terete when young, minutely tomentulose. Leaves: stipules subulate, 3 mm; petiole ca. 1/2 times as long as blade; blade concolorous, ovate, to 6 cm, longer than wide, base cordate, margins irregularly serrulate or crenate, apex acute or acuminate, surfaces densely tomentulose, obscured by pubescence. Inflorescences solitary flowers or in open panicles. Flowers: calyx 3–5 mm, lobes not overlapping, spreading or somewhat reflexed in fruit, lanceolate-ovate; corolla reflexed, yellow or pink with dark red center, petals 4–6 mm; staminal column pubescent; style 5-branched. Schizocarps cask-shaped, not medially constricted, 7–9 × 6 mm; mericarps: apex acute or apiculate, surface tomentulose. Seeds 3 per mericarp, 2 mm, puberulent but appearing glabrous. 2n = 14.

Flowering spring–fall. Open, arid habitats, hills and plains; 0–1000 m; Ariz., Colo., N.Mex.; Mexico (Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora); Pacific Islands (Hawaii).

Abutilon incanum is found in Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora, adjacent Arizona, and disjunctly in Hawaii, where it is considered to be native.


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