|Abutilon megapotamicum subsp. var.||Trailing Abutilon, Chinese lantern|
Abutilon megapotamicum (Trailing Abutilon; syn. A. vexillarium) is a species of Abutilon native to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. It is a shrub growing to 2.5 m tall, with leaves 5–8 cm long, ovate to shallowly three-lobed. The flowers are orange-yellow with a red base, with five petals about 4 cm long.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Abutilon megapotamicum, St. Hil. & Naud. (A. vexillarium, Morr.). Drooping habit: lvs. rather small, lance-ovate, acuminate, sharp-serrate: fls. 2—3 in. long, on short drooping stalks, the long calyx bright red, the protruding petals lemon-yellow, the column of stamens conspicuously protruding. Brazil, etc.—A strikingly handsome species, particularly for baskets and vases, apparently less seen than formerly. There is a variegated-lvd. variety. Generally misspelled mesapotamicum. Megapotamicum means "big river," signifying here the Rio Grande. CH
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- 'Variegatum' - heavily yellow-mottled leavesAH
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963