Abutilon persicum is native at a minimum to India, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, and the biogeographical region of Malesia. Some references suggest it is present in other areas (Africa, Bhutan, and China), but at least one of these requires skepticism (see the Flora of China account for Abutilon). Where it does occur, plants typically grow along paths and forest edges in moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests. Abutilon persicum‘s common names include pipal-leaved evening mallow and Persian mallow (despite seemingly not occurring in Iran).
Like many mallows, this undershrub has a hairy stem. Within the 1-2m high (3-6 ft.) stem are long, silk-like fibres, which can be used to produce rope. As the vibrant yellow flowers of five petals age, purple lines become more evident at the base of the petals. These flowers are fragrant and attractive to insects and birds, making it a nice ornamental bloom. In India, plants bloom after the monsoon season, with flowering and fruiting times ranging from November to April.
To see more photos and a scientific description of the species, visit the India Biodiversity Portal: Abutilon persicum.