Indian mallow is a woody-based perennial usually
about 2-1/2' tall with either long and soft or bristly stellate hairs
on the leaves and stems. The velvety leaves are 1"-2" wide,
round-cordate, and very obscurely 3-lobed. The calyx lobes are acuminate
and the petals are a rich yellowy-orange. The fruits are very villous.
Indian-mallow is a fairly uncommon resident of dry, generally east-facing
slopes up to around 2500' and occupies habits of creosote bush scrub
in the Colorado Desert and adjacent Peninsular Range, extending to Arizona
and northern Mexico. It blooms in April and May.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Abutilon 2)
Pronunciation: ab-YOO-ti-lon PALM-er-eye.
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