5013.000 Hibiscus L.

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves simple and palmately lobed or digitately compound. Flowers usually solitary and axillary, but often forming terminal inflorescences by reduction of the upper leaves, yellow with a dark centre or red, pink, purplish or white. Epicalyx of 5-20 bracts, rarely 0. Calyx with 5 lobes or (rarely) 5-10 teeth. Ovary 4-5-locular; each loculus with 3-many ovules. Style 5-branched. Fruit a loculicidally dehiscent capsule.

Derivation of name: Greek name for the marsh mallow

Worldwide: c.300 species occurring in warm temperate and tropical areas of the world

Malawi: 26 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Abantis paradisea (Paradise skipper)
Filodes costivitralis (Window pearl)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acetosella Welw. ex HiernImage
allenii Sprague & Hutch.CDescription, Image
articulatus Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,C,SDescription, Image
burtt-davyi Dunkley[NrEnd]Description, Image
caesius GarckeSDescription, Image
cannabinus L.N,C,SDescription, Image
debeerstii De Wild. & T. DurandN
diversifolius Jacq. subsp. rivularis (Bremek. & Oberm.) ExellC,SDescription, Image
fuscus GarckeN,S
jacksonianus ExellC,S
lobatus (Murray) KuntzeN,SDescription, Image
ludwigii Eckl. & Zeyh.N,CDescription, Image
micranthus L.f.NDescription, Image
migeodii ExellNDescription, Image
mutatus N.E.Br.SDescription, Image
nigricaulis BakerCDescription, Image
nyikensis Sprague N
ovalifolius (Forssk.) VahlN,SDescription, Image
physaloides Guill. & Perr.Description, Image
praeteritus R.A. DyerSDescription, Image
rhodanthus G├╝rkeN,CDescription, Image
rupicola Exell[NrEnd]?
sabdariffa L.C,S
shirensis Sprague & Hutch.N,C,SDescription, Image
sidiformis Baill.N,CDescription, Image
surattensis L.SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hibiscus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Hibiscus
Flora of Caprivi: Hibiscus
Flora of Mozambique: Hibiscus
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Hibiscus
Flora of Zambia: Hibiscus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hibiscus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hibiscus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Hibiscus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hibiscus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Hibiscus
Wikipedia: Hibiscus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hibiscus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hibiscus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Hibiscus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=942, retrieved 7 February 2023

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