Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Abutilon hannii Baker f.
Baker, E.G. (1893) Journal of Botany 31 : 268. Type: Queensland. Cape York Peninsula Exp., W.Hann, 76; holo ?.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-1.5 m tall, however, prostrate forms are also encountered.
Pedicels long and slender, about 15-25 mm long, Calyx clothed in short stellate hairs and slightly longer glandular hairs. Calyx about 4-6 mm long, corolla about 8-14 mm long. Staminal filaments fused to form a tube around the ovary and style. Ovary about 10-13-locular, densely clothed in stellate hairs.
Fruits about 10-13-lobed, about 8-10 x 7-10 mm, calyx persistent at the base. Outer surface of the fruit clothed in stellate hairs. Seeds reniform, testa surface tuberculate.
Cotyledons orbicular to cordate, about 4-5 x 5-6 mm, petioles much longer than the cotyledons. First pair of leaves orbicular, apex rounded, base cordate, margin toothed with about 7-10 teeth on each side of the leaf blade. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade cordate, both the upper and lower surfaces clothed in short stellate hairs, petiole about as long as the leaf blades. Stipules filiform, about 1-3 mm long. Seed germination time 91 days.
Occurs in WA, NT, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from 260-760 m. Grows as an understory plant in vine thickets and monsoon forest, also found in open forest.
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A80.htm)