Phymosia abutiloides

Phymosia abutiloides (L.) Ham.

Family: Malvaceae

Habit: Phymosia abutiloides grows as a pubescent shrub to 3 m in height. The leaves are arranged alternately, orbicular, to 20 cm in length, 5-7 lobed, with a toothed margin, acute/acuminate leaf apex.  The leaves have stellate pubescence.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are terminal corymbs or panicles.  The calyx has 5 fused pubescent green sepals. The corolla has 5 fused pink petals each with a terminal notch. There are numerous stamens fused together around the style in a column.  The ovary is superior with numerous locules and numerous seeds.  The fruit is a loculicidal capsule.

Habitat: Phymosia abutiloides grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations – Forest/Shrublands (coppice), Pine Woodlands and along roads.

Distribution: Phymosia abutiloides occurs on Andros, Abaco and the Turks and Caicos as well as Hispaniola.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Phymosia abutiloides is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.