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China Jute

Abutilon theophrasti


It grows to 1 m tall, and has velvet-like heart-shaped leaves 15–25 cm broad. The flowers are yellow or orange, 4 cm diameter, maturing into button-shaped capsules which split lengthwise to release the seeds. The flowers and plants have a fruity scent. Velvetleaf has been grown in China since around 2000 BCE for its strong, jute-like fibre. The leaves are edible, stir-fried or in omelette. The seeds are eaten in China and Kashmir.

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AnnaWhipkey 11 years ago
Abutilon theophrastii Velvetleaf

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AnnaWhipkey 11 years ago

You're welcome CourtneyVerk. I have a velvet leaf spotting from August

CourtneyVerk 11 years ago

Thank you AnnaWhipkey for ID'ing this spotting!

CourtneyVerk 11 years ago

Thanks LarksKorb, I've added this to the "Beauty of Decay" mission.

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Very nice picture.
Please consider to add it to the mission "Beauty of Decay"

CourtneyVerk 11 years ago

Thank you Ava!

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Ava T-B 11 years ago

This is such a lovely composition.

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Oct 14, 2011
Submitted on Feb 19, 2012

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