Hibiscus meyeri Harv.
subsp. meyeri

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Hibiscus meyeri subsp. meyeri

Photo: Bart Wursten

Hibiscus meyeri subsp. meyeri

Photo: Bart Wursten

Hibiscus meyeri subsp. meyeri

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Hibiscus mendoncae Exell
Hibiscus microphyllus E. Mey.
Common names: Lebombo hibiscus (English)
Perennial herb or small shrub, up to c. 2.5 m tall. Branchlets appressed stellate hairy. Leaves broadly ovate to almost circular in outline, 1-3 cm long, often 3-lobed, 3-5-veined, sparsely stellate-hairy; margin serrate; petiole up to8 mm long; stipules 2-4 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary on a peduncle up to 3.5 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, white turning pink or purplish when older. Epicalyx usually of 7 bracts, 2-3 mm long, filiform. Calyx up to 6.5 mm long with lobes elliptic-triangular, 5 mm long. Capsule subglobose, 10 mm in diameter,minutely pubescent. Seeds with a white or slightly brownish silky floss.
Derivation of specific name: meyeri: named after Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer (1791-1858), German professor of botany at the University of Konigsberg and Director of the Botanical Garden.
Flowering time:Almost throughout the year
Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique and Kwazulu-Natal South Africa.
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 104. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 84.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 454.

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 Mozambique: Hibiscus meyeri subsp. meyeri

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus meyeri
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hibiscus meyeri
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hibiscus meyeri
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hibiscus meyeri
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iNaturalist: Hibiscus meyeri
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hibiscus meyeri
JSTOR Plant Science: Hibiscus meyeri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus meyeri
Plants of the World Online: Hibiscus meyeri
Tropicos: Hibiscus meyeri
Wikipedia: Hibiscus meyeri

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 meyeri subsp. meyeri.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=178810, retrieved 28 May 2024

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