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Useful Temperate Plants

Abutilon incanum

(Link) Sweet

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Sida incana Link

Common Name:

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General Information

Abutilon incanum is a perennial plant with erect stems that become more or less woody and persist; it can grow 100 - 240cm tall[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
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454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre.
Abutilon incanum has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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0
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

Southwestern N. America - Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico to northern Mexico (Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora); Pacific - Hawaii

Habitat

Open, arid habitats, hills and plains; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.80 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Requires a sunny position[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Grows best on rich bottom lands[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre is extracted from the bark[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The native Zotlahuacar people, who live 40 miles south of Manzanillo, are said to utilize the firer in making hammocks, ropes, and carrying nets, which are so durable that they last from seven to ten years in constant use[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
When the plant is mature, the lateral branches are cut away and the stems are buried in the mud at the edge. Three or four days afterwards the plants are removed and washed, and are then ready for the stripping of the inner bark or fibre. This is done in the following manner: The workman, standing upright, with the stem, which rests lirmly upon the ground, in his left hand, presses the right thumb firmly upon the stick, and taking the fibre between the fingers, he pulls steadily, bending gradually to the work until he falls upon his knees. When the fibre is removed, the stem rebounds and flies over the shoulder of the operator, stripped of half its bark. This seems a very slow process, but jute was formerly cleaned as slowly, and it was only after many and repeated trials that machinery was perfected to perform this tedious work. Probably if this, like jute, is allowed to die before cutting, it would become brittle and fit only for paper manufacture; therefore, in more northern latitudes, it may be best to cut the plants before frost. Experiments will be necessary to ascertain the proper time for cutting, the length of time it should be immersed, if water will accomplish the same result as mud, rendering the bark soft and pliable[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2022-08-16. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Abutilon+incanum>

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