Hairy Indian Mallow   
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Hairy Indian Mallow
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Hairy Indian Mallow, Florida Keys Indian mallow • Hindi: बनकंघी Bankhanghi • Malayalam: Kuruntotti • Marathi: बनकंघी Bankhanghi • Sanskrit: Atibala • Tamil: Vadattuti • Telugu: Pala benda, Nela benda
Botanical name: Abutilon hirtum var. heterotrichum    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Abutilon heterotrichum, Abutilon lugardii

Hairy Indian Mallow is an perennial herb or undershrub, 0.5-2 m tall. Stem, leaf-stalks and flower-stalks are sticky velvety and hairy. Leaves are carried on 3-15 cm long stalks. Stipules are 5-10 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, falcate, lanceolate, eventually reflexed. Leaf blades are 4-18 cm long and broad, densely hairy hairy on both sides, usually broadly ovate or ovate, heart-shaped at base, coarsely toothed. Leaves are yellowish, yellowish green to green. Flowers arise singly in leaf axils, carried on 1.5-3 cm long stalks which elongate up to 4 cm in fruit. Sepals are ovate, long pointed, velvety. Flowers are 3-3.5 cm across, orange-yellow. Petals are 1.5 cm long and 1 cm broad, densely hairy, broadly obovate. The column of stamens is 5-8 mm long, 1-1.3 cm long, 1.5-2 cm across.

Identification credit: N. S. Dungriyal
Photographed in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
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