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Callianthe megapotamica

Family Name: Malvaceae
Synonyms: Abutilon megapotamicum
Common Name: Trailing Abutilon
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A slender woody shrub, it sometimes has a scandent growth habit and can grow up to 1m in height. 
Foliage The simple, elongate-triangular leaves have a serrate leaf margin and a shallowly cordate leaf base. The leaves are minutely pubescent. 
Flowers The flowers are pendulous and hang downwards. The flower calyx is red and stellate-tomentose in texture while the flower petals are yellow and are velutinose-pillose in texture. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Flower Grouping Solitary

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Master ID 29172
Species ID 3481
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Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.