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
Zimbabwe: 7 cultivated taxa.Insects associated with this genus:
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
Other sources of information about Hibiscus:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: HibiscusFlora of Caprivi
: HibiscusFlora of Malawi
: HibiscusFlora of Mozambique
: HibiscusFlora of Zambia
: HibiscusFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): HibiscusFlora Zambesiaca
web site: HibiscusGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for HibiscusIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): HibiscusKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Hibiscus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=942, retrieved 1 July 2016