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ABUTILON (from the Arabic aub &jinn, a name given by Avicenna to this or an allied genus), in botany, a genus of plants of the family Malvaceae (mallows), having about 120 species, and widely distributed in the tropics. They are free-growing shrubs with showy bell-shaped flowers, and are favourite green house plants. They may be grown outside in England during the summer months, but a few degrees of frost is fatal to them. They are readily propagated from cuttings taken in the spring or at the end of the summer. Many varieties have been developed by hybridization, some of which have a variegated foliage.