Hibiscus mutatus N.E.Br.

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Hibiscus mutatus

Photo: Helen Pickering
Within the Victoria Falls fenced area upstream about 50 m from the river

Hibiscus mutatus

Photo: Helen Pickering
Within the Victoria Falls fenced area upstream about 50 m from the river

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Synonyms: Hibiscus micranthus sensu Eyles
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Shrub, up to 2.5 m tall. Branches stellate-hairy. Leaves, up to 3 × 3 cm, elliptic to ovate in outline, unlobed to 3-lobed, densely stellate-hairy on both surfaces; margin irregularly serrate-crenate; petiole 4-15 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, 2-2.5 cm in diameter, pure white when open, fading to pink. Epicalyx of 5-7 bracts, 4-7 mm long, linear. Calyx up to 10 mm long; lobes linear-triangular, 5-8 mm long, with rough short hairs. Fruit a subglobose capsule, c. 9 × 10 mm, velvety.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 456.

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 81. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Malawi: Hibiscus mutatus
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus mutatus
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Wikipedia: Hibiscus mutatus

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 mutatus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139490, retrieved 25 May 2024

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