Subshrubs, 1 m. Stems erect, stellate-pubescent and with ± retrorse, simple hairs 2 mm. Leaves: stipules caducous, subulate, 5 mm; petiole equaling or to 2 times length of blades of lower leaves; blade discolorous, ovate, 2.5–6.5 cm, longer than wide, base cordate, margins coarsely dentate, apex acute, abaxial surface softly stellate-pubescent, adaxial surface with appressed simple and bifurcate hairs 1 mm. Inflorescences solitary flowers. Flowers: calyx 6–8 mm, lobes not overlapping, erect in fruit, ovate; corolla yellow-orange throughout, not fading pinkish, petals 8–12 mm; style 6–8-branched. Schizocarps ± ovoid, 10 × 10 mm; mericarps: apex spinose, spines 2–3 mm, stellate-pubescent and ciliate on keel, hairs 1.5 mm. Seeds 3 per mericarp, 2.5 mm, minutely scabridulous. 2n = 14.
Phenology: Flowering late summer.
Habitat: Mountain slopes, desert scrublands
Elevation: 1000 m
Ariz., Mexico (Sonora).
Abutilon parishii is a regional endemic, found north to south in Arizona.
Abutilon parishii is in the Center for Plant Conservation’s National Collection of Endangered Plants.
Of conservation concern.