Persian Mallow   
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Persian Mallow
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Persian Mallow • Marathi: मदाम Madam • Malayalam: Thutthi • Kannada: Bettabendu gida • Konkani: Ran-Petari • Sanskrit: Atibala
Botanical name: Abutilon persicum    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Persian Mallow is a large erect shrub, growing up to 1-2 m high. It has few slender branches. Ovate, irregularly toothed leaves are alternately arranged on the stems. Leaves are hairy beneath. Large, showy, 5-petalled, orange-yellow flowers are 5-8 cm across, and occur on recemes 30 cm long at the end of branches. The petals have purple lines at the base. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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