Hibiscus diversifolius Jacq.
subsp. rivularis (Bremek. & Oberm.) Exell

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Hibiscus diversifolius subsp. rivularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Hibiscus diversifolius subsp. rivularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Hibiscus diversifolius subsp. rivularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Hibiscus rivularis Bremek. & Oberm.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, occasionally a large scrambling perennial herb, up to 10 m tall. Stems more or less densely stellate-hairy and armed with thick short spines. Leaves almost round in outline, up to 16 × 16 cm, more or less distinctly 3-7-lobed, stellate-hairy on both surfaces; base truncate to cordate, usually with fissured gland near the base of the midrib below; margin irregularly toothed. Flowers solitary, axillary or sometimes forming apparent terminal racemes, due to the absence of leaves, reddish-purple with a darker centre, 7-8 cm in diameter. Epicalyx bracts 7-8, 8-12 mm long densely stellate hairy, free. Calyx 2.5-3 cm long; lobes lanceolate, joined for c. 5 mm at the base and an elliptic gland on the midrib. Fruit a pointed ovate capsule, 20 × 15 mm, densely bristly.
Derivation of specific name: diversifolius: with diverse, variable leaves; rivularis: occurring near rivers.
Habitat: In damp places along the margins of rivers and lakes
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
Growth form(s): Tree, perennial, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Monday 25 May 2009

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 702 - 703.

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

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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hibiscus diversifolius subsp. rivularis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139340, retrieved 23 July 2016

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