Yellow abutilon

yellow abutilon (05 Apr 2012)

yellow abutilon (05 Apr 2012)

Enjoying the vibrant scarlets and luscious peachy pinks of the canna lilies in a friend’s sunny garden last week, I also took the opportunity to get a good close-up of the flowers of a yellow Abutilon (which looks like it might be ‘Canary Bird’).

Wikipedia tells me that “Abutilon is a large genus of approximately 150 species of broadleaf evergreens in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus includes annuals, perennials, shrubs, and small trees from 1–10 m tall, and is found in the tropical and subtropical regions of all continents. The leaves are alternate, unlobed or palmately lobed with 3-7 lobes. The flowers are conspicuous, with five petals, mostly red, pink, orange, yellow or white.

“Common names include Abutilon, Chinese Bell Flower, Chinese Lantern, Mallow, Indian Mallow, and Flowering Maple (for the maple-like leaves of some species, although the genus is not related to the true maples).”

A good gallery of images at CGF Photo shows many of the forms and colours of these popular plants, and Garden World Images is also worth a look.  Botany.com has some interesting notes.

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