Hibiscus lobatus (Murr.) 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:
Status: Native
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
Habitat: In woodland, river valleys and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa, tropical Asia and Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Annual.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 26 May 2009

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.

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).

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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hibiscus lobatus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139400, retrieved 21 August 2017

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