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Weed Seed: Abutilon theophrasti (Velvetleaf)

Family

Malvaceae

Common Name

Velvetleaf

Regulation

Primary Noxious, Class 2 in the Canadian Weed Seeds Order, 2016 under the Seeds Act.

Distribution

Canadian: Occurs in all provinces except NL, NT, NU and YT (Brouillet et al. 2016Footnote 1). Prevalent in southern ON and QC (Warwick and Black 1988Footnote 2).

Worldwide: Native to Asia (India or China) and introduced to Europe, northern Africa and North America (CABI 2016Footnote 3).

Duration of life cycle

Annual

Seed or fruit type

Seed

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Habitat and Crop Association

Cultivated fields, field margins and fence rows, gardens, roadsides, vacant lots and other waste places. A troublesome weed, especially in corn, soybean, sorghum and cotton fields (Warwick and Black 1988Footnote 2).

General Information

Velvetleaf was introduced into North America in the mid-1700s as a potential fibre crop (Warwick and Black 1988Footnote 2).

This annual species is adapted to be a weed of cultivated land and waste places, and movement of feed grain is believed to have spread it throughout eastern Canada (Warwick and Black 1988Footnote 2).

Similar species

Flower-of-an-hour (Hibiscus trionum)

Photos

Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) seeds
Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) seed
Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) seed

Similar species

Similar species: Flower-of-an-hour (Hibiscus trionum) seed
Similar species: Flower-of-an-hour (Hibiscus trionum) seeds
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