Hibiscus lobatus (Murray) Kuntze

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Hibiscus lobatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Hibiscus lobatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Hibiscus lobatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

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Synonyms: Hibiscus solandra L'Hér.
Solandra lobata Murr.
Common names:
Erect annual herb, 50-130 cm tall. Young stems hairy. Leaves broadly ovate to almost round in outline, up to 12 × 10 cm, variously unlobed to deeply 3-5-lobed on the same plant, usually pubescent on both surfaces with longer simple hairs on the veins above and stellate hairs below; base slightly to distinctly cordate; margin irregularly toothed or lobed again. Flowers in few-flowered terminal heads, white to pale yellow, 1-2 cm in diameter. Epicalyx absent. Calyx 5-7 mm long; lobes shorter than the capsule. Fruit an oblong-ellipsoid capsule, 10 × 7 mm, pubescent, carpels awned. Seeds minutely verruculose, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: lobatus: lobed
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa, tropical Asia and Madagascar
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 203.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 445 - 446. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 397. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 60.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 84.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 218.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus lobatus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus lobatus
Plants of the World Online: Hibiscus lobatus
Tropicos: Hibiscus lobatus
Wikipedia: Hibiscus lobatus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Hibiscus lobatus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139400, retrieved 28 May 2024

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