Abutilon theophrasti - Velvetleaf

Malvaceae


This weed is becoming more problematic in Oregon. Currently, it is not a weed of economic significance, although it is a huge problem in other parts of the country. Some believe it is entering Oregon through seed and animal feed imported from the Midwest.

Velvetleaf has a columnar habit. It grows upright to about 5 feet tall.

Foliage is heart-shaped with scalloped margins. Leaves have a soft velvet-like texture when touched.

Flowers have 5 orange petals surrounded by 5 fused sepals. Flowers occur in small clusters

Flowers mature into unique and easily identifiable seedpods.

Seedpods consist of 12 or more fused carpels with a noticeable point on the end of each. Seedpods are pubescent.


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