Here is some information on the Abutilon species of the Llano Estacado.

Abutilon fruticosum - Plants perennial; stems strictly upright; leaves gray, ovate, and dentate; mericarps 6-9. Primarily the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado.

Abutilon parvulum - Plants perennial; stems trailing or decumbent; leaves ovate, green, and coarsly dentate; mericarps 5. Relitively widespread in rocky limestone.

Abutilon theophrasti - Plants tall annual; stems strictly upright; leaves grayish, broadly ovate to suborbicular, and dentate; mericarps usually more than 10. Reported from Lynn Co. TX and Lea Co. NM.

Compared to the other US species A. wrightii and A. malacum occur relatively near the southwestern edge of the Llano but have not been documented in the region. Abutilon wrightii may occur in the limestone of the far SW edge around Ector, Winkler, and Andrews counties but further investigation is needed to confirm this.

Identification information taken from Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (Correll and Johnston 1970) and Flowering Plants of Trans-Pecos Texas and Adjacent Areas (Powell and Worthington, 2018).

Posted by nathantaylor nathantaylor, October 26, 2018 19:17


well done Nathan -- it's such a blessing to have you in our region

Posted by ellen5 over 3 years ago (Flag)

Thank you. Hopefully, there will be more to come.

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