Hibiscus trionum L.

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Hibiscus trionum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Hibiscus trionum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Shareragh rd, Mandara, Harare

Hibiscus trionum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Shareragh rd, Mandara, Harare

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Common names: Bladderweed (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual herb, up to 1.5 m, often smaller. Leaves variable from nearly unlobed ovate or ovate hastate to deeply 3-5-lobed; lobes often pinnately incised again or with shallowly to deeply crenate-dentate margins. Flowers solitary, axillary, creamy-white, to pale yellow with a dark purple centre. Calyx with conspicuous purple veins, stellate hairy.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A weed of cultivation and disturbed places, occasionally in grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Sep - June
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the Old World tropics and subtropics; southern Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Annual.
Endemic status:
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 104 - 105. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 446 - 447. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 289. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 204. (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.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 42. (Includes a picture).


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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 trionum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139670, retrieved 21 August 2017

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