Hibiscus surattensis L.

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Hibiscus surattensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Hibiscus surattensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Hibiscus surattensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

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Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Prostrate or scrambling annual herb, stems up to 3 m. Most parts with small reddish-brown, hooked prickles. Leaves variously 3-5 lobed, sometimes only shallowly so; margins coarsely toothed; leaf-like stipules conspicuous. Flowers large, solitary, axillary, yellow with a purple centre. The epicalyx has forked bracts, the inner branch linear, the outer branch spathulate. Capsule spherical-ovoid with acute apex.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In a variety of habitats, often in disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the Old World tropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, annual.
Endemic status:
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Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 81. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hibiscus surattensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139660, retrieved 1 August 2014

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