Abutilon is a large genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. General common names include Indian mallow and velvetleaf. in Russian, ornamental varieties are commonly known as the room maple. The genus name is an 18th-century New Latin word that came from the Arabic ’abū-ṭīlūn the name given by Avicenna to this or a similar genus.