Herbs or subshrubs, perennial, 1–2 m. Stems erect, stellate-tomentulose and with simple hairs 2–4 mm. Leaves: stipules filiform, 8 mm; petiole subequal to blade; blade ± discolorous, ovate, mostly 6–10 cm, longer than wide, base cordate, margins crenate, apex rounded-acute, surfaces softly tomentulose. Inflorescences solitary flowers. Flowers: calyx 12–15 mm, lobes basally overlapping, erect, cordate, accrescent to 15–20 mm; corolla yellowish throughout, fading pinkish, petals 20 mm; staminal column glabrous; style 12-branched. Schizocarps ± oblate, 12–15 × 20–25 mm; mericarps: apex apiculate, surface prominently hirsute, hairs 1–2 mm. Seeds 4–6 per mericarp, 2 mm, puberulent. 2n = 14.
Phenology: Flowering winter–spring.
Habitat: Roadsides, disturbed sites, secondary vegetation
Elevation: 0–100 m
Fla., La., Tex., Mexico, West Indies.
Plants of Abutilon hulseanum are sometimes misidentified as A. pauciflorum A. Saint-Hilaire, which is known only from Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru.