Velvetleaf Abutilon theophrasti MedicusNon-native    Synonyms: Abutilon abutilon, Medic.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Malvales   >   Family Malvaceae   >   Genus Abutilon   

Status:

A common non-native plant that has become established throughout the state. Most often found in open disturbed habitats. Velvetleaf is native to southern Asia, and was first introduced to North America in the 1700's.

Relationships:

Host plant for Common Checkered Skipper and the leaf-mining fly Calycomyza malvae.

Louisiana Scentless Plant Bug is used as a biocontrol agent to control Velvetleaf (BugGuide).

There are 167 records in the project database.

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Velvetleaf growing in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/21/2016). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in fruit in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2010). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Talbot Co., Maryland (8/2/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/2/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/31/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/30/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/31/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/4/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/9/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/9/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/9/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/20/2012). It is an introduced species from southern Asia. Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf flower and seedpods in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf blooming in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/12/1983). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Harford Co., Maryland (7/29/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (8/20/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/15/2014). Photo by Elizabeth Miller. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/5/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/4/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Kent Co., Maryland (7/26/2016). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Kent Co., Maryland (7/27/2016). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/29/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Velvetleaf in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/29/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)


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