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Location:   Washtenaw County, Michigan
Month of Photograph: September
Distribution Map: Abutilon theophrasti - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Malvaceae

Fruit -- frontal view

Abutilon theophrasti - Fruit Frontal View "
Not all images on this page were photographed on the same day or at the same location. The precise location and date that specific photographs were taken can be obtained by email.
Abutilon theophrasti is found in Arkansas. It is referenced in the book "Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas". However, the images shown on this page are from photographs taken in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Smith, Edwin. Keys to the Flora of Arkansas. Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Press, 1994. Print.

Abutilon theophrasti - Leaf And Stem Leaf and Stem
For excellent images of this plant see Dan Tenaglia's web site "Missouri Plants" .

For an excellent text description of Abutilon theophrasti be sure to see Dr. John Hilty's Web site "Illinois Wildflowers"

If you come across this plant and you have never seen it before, you must reach out and feel the texture of a leaf's surface. If you do, I think it unlikely that you will ever forget its common name "velvert leaf". The feel is something that I believe that I will never leave me -- short of the onset of Alzheimer's disease, that is.

Abutilon theophrasti - Upper Plant Upper Plant
Today here in the United States velvet leaf is consider by most to be an invassive species. However, in days gone by, it was often used as a medicinal plant. In China and Russia the stems were used to obtain fibers for making rope, fabric and paper. The uniform, star-shaped pattern of the seed pod (fruit) has been used by cooks for many years to emboss a decorative design on pie crusts and butter slabs.

Well, one man's weed . . .

Abutilon theophrasti - Leaf BaseLeaf Base
Abutilon theophrasti - Fruit Lateral View Fruit, lateral view
Flower, lateral view
Abutilon theophrasti - Flower Lateral View

Flower, frontal view
Abutilon theophrasti - Flower Frontal View

Upper Plant
Abutilon theophrasti - Upper Plant