Indian mallow

noun

1
: any of several abutilons
especially : a tall annual herb (Abutilon theophrasti) that has velvety cordate leaves and yellow flowers, yields a long strong fiber for which it is sometimes cultivated, and is native to India but widely naturalized as an escape in warm and temperate regions

called also velvetleaf

2
[Indian entry 2 2] : a tropical American weed (Sida spinosa) with pale yellow or orange flowers that has been introduced into the U.S. and is found especially in the southern U.S.

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Indian entry 2 1

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“Indian mallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Indian%20mallow. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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