Subshrubs, 1–2 m. Stems erect, terete when young, minutely tomentulose. Leaves: stipules subulate, 3 mm; petiole ca. 1/2 times as long as blade; blade concolorous, ovate, to 6 cm, longer than wide, base cordate, margins irregularly serrulate or crenate, apex acute or acuminate, surfaces densely tomentulose, obscured by pubescence. Inflorescences solitary flowers or in open panicles. Flowers: calyx 3–5 mm, lobes not overlapping, spreading or somewhat reflexed in fruit, lanceolate-ovate; corolla reflexed, yellow or pink with dark red center, petals 4–6 mm; staminal column pubescent; style 5-branched. Schizocarps cask-shaped, not medially constricted, 7–9 × 6 mm; mericarps: apex acute or apiculate, surface tomentulose. Seeds 3 per mericarp, 2 mm, puberulent but appearing glabrous. 2n = 14.
Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Open, arid habitats, hills and plains
Elevation: 0–1000 m
Ariz., Colo., N.Mex., Mexico (Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora), Pacific Islands (Hawaii).
Abutilon incanum is found in Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora, adjacent Arizona, and disjunctly in Hawaii, where it is considered to be native.