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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Wow! Those don’t even look real! What beautiful colors. These flowers would make an amazing cloth pattern with those colors and veins…so delicate.
Your photos came up so much quicker today. I thought I’d have to wait about 15 minutes or so like usual but by the time I scrolled down to the bottom reading the text ALL the photos were there!
you had me at Abutilon, that is an amazing and beautiful flower. Thanks for sharing.
Somewhere in my garden is an indigenous pink Abutilon. Must look for it tomorrow.
[…] Turning around and looking back to the south. At the far end of this border are light pink Abutilon x hybridum or Chinese lantern bush. The cactus-like plant is a euphorbia. There’s a huge […]