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

Botswana: 29 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
allenii Sprague & Hutch.NDescription, Image
articulatus Hochst. ex A. Rich.NDescription, Image
caesius GarckeN,SEDescription, Image
calyphyllus Cav.SEImage
cannabinus L.NDescription, Image
diversifolius Jacq. subsp. rivularis (Bremek. & Oberm.) ExellNDescription, Image
dongolensis DelileDescription, Image
engleri K. Schum.Description, Image
kirkii Mast.
lobatus (Murr.) KuntzeDescription, Image
lunarifolius Willd.Description, Image
mastersianus Hiern
mechowii Garcke
meeusei ExellDescription, Image
meyeri Harv. subsp. meyeri Description, Image
micranthus L.f.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
mutatus N.E.Br.Description, Image
ovalifolius (Forssk.) VahlDescription, Image
panduriformis Burm. f.Description, Image
platycalyx Mast.
praeteritus R.A. DyerDescription, Image
pusillus Thunb.N,SEDescription, Image
rhabdotospermus Garcke
schinzii G├╝rkeDescription, Image
seineri Ulbr. ex Engl.
sidiformis Baill.NDescription, Image
subreniformis Burtt Davy
trionum L.N,SEDescription, Image
vitifolius L. subsp. vitifolius Description, Image

Other sources of information about Hibiscus:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Hibiscus
Flora of Malawi: 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, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Hibiscus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=942, retrieved 14 August 2022

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