Hibiscus aethiopicus L.
var. ovatus Harv.

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Hibiscus aethiopicus var. ovatus

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Borrowdale Common, Harare

Hibiscus aethiopicus var. ovatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Osborne Dam

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Synonyms: Hibiscus leiospermus Harv.
Hibiscus ovatus Cav.
Common names: Dwarf yellow hibiscus (English)
Status: Native
Prostrate or ascending perennial herb, 15-35 cm. Leaves very variable, even on one plant, simple or 3-lobed; margins entire or dentate. Flowers appearing large for such a small plant, solitary in the leaf axils, white, cream or pale yellow, turning pink with age. Capsule subspherical, 9 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: aethiopicus: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa
Habitat: In open grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia down to northern South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 27 January 2009

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 468 - 469.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 60.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 70, plate 97


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hibiscus aethiopicus var. ovatus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139260, retrieved 24 February 2018

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