Abutilon theophrasti - Velvetleaf
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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