Hibiscus lunarifolius Willd.

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Hibiscus lunarifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Hibiscus lunarifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Hibiscus lunarifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Hibiscus lunarifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Hibiscus lunarifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

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Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Stems branching mostly near the base, densely covered in stelate, somewhat irritant hairs. Leaves, up to 10 × 9 cm, ovate to almost round in outline, shallowy or obscurely 3-lobed, sometimes unlobed, stellate pubescent above, densely stellate-tomentose below; base cordate; margin serrate-crenate; petiole up to 8 cm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, up to 5 cm in diameter, together often forming racemes on the leafless ends of the stems, yellow, usually without a dark centre. Epicalyx of 5 bracts, 16 × 3 mm, linear-lanceolate. Calyx 5-6 mm long, normally shorter than the epicalyx; lobes narrowly triangular with a prominent central vein. Fruit a subspherical or broadly ellipsoid capsule, c. 15 mm long.
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Habitat: On rocky hillsides
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Worldwide distribution: Scattered throughout tropical Africa, northern South Africa and India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 26 May 2009
Literature:

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 202. (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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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 lunarifolius.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139420, retrieved 24 June 2016

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