Today, I took a closer look at my Abutilon or Chinese Lantern bushes.
Compared to many of the other tropical or semitropical plants in the garden, the Abutilon are rather quiet. The flowers are neat and smallish and hang down like bells.
This bush has variegated leaves and is rather overshadowed by a pink Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpet.
I think my bushes are Abutilon x hybridum, descended from South American varieties and brought here by expats. Rwanda has one native variety, Abutilon bidentatum Hochst. ex A. Rich., which is not very showy.
Another species, Abutilon longicuspe, with purple flowers, is also native to east and central Africa.
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