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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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

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, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hibiscus aethiopicus var. ovatus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139260, retrieved 9 December 2021

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