Abutilon theophrasti

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaMalvaceaeAbutilonAbutilon theophrasti


An annual found as a casual in waste places, fields and on rubbish tips. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of the E. Mediterranean region and S.W. Asia; naturalised in most of the warmer parts of the world, where it is sometimes cultivated for the fibre China Jute.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

The biology of Canadian weeds. 90. Abutilon theophrasti,
Warwick, S. I., and Black L. D.
, Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Volume 68, p.1069-1085, (1988)