Taxon  Report   26    
Abutilon theophrasti  Medik.
Velvet leaf,  Velvetleaf
Abutilon theophrasti
© 2008 Louis-M. Landry
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Abutilon theophrasti
© 2002 Jennifer Forman
Abutilon theophrasti
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Abutilon theophrasti, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Abutilon theophrasti
© 2002 Jennifer Forman
Genus: Abutilon
Communities: escaped cultivar

Arid West: Occurs in non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Abutilon abutilon
PLANTS: Abutilon avicennae
More information about  Abutilon theophrasti
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Photos on   /   Google Images
UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).