Hibiscus meeusei Exell

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Hibiscus meeusei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Hibiscus meeusei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Hibiscus meeusei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Hibiscus meeusei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

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Synonyms: Hibiscus cannabinus sensu Ulbr. & Fr.
Common names: Small-flowered kenaf (English) Sosoori (Shona) Ugangampunza (Ndebele)
Status: Native
Annual or biennial herb to 1(-1.5)m, usually branched from the base. Stems aculeate and shortly stellate-tomentose. Leaves: petiole up to 12 cm; lamina (of middle leaves) ovate in outline, 3-5-palmatisect, the lobes rhombic to oblanceolate, minutely pubescent above with stellateor simple hairs, usually minutely stellate-pubescent beneath; margin serrate. Flowers 3-6 cm in diameter, yellow with dark red centre. Epicalyx of 8-12 bracts; each c.10 mm, linear; apex sometimes bearing an appendage but not clearly forked. Calyx c.15 mm; lobes usually ovate, only shortly acuminate; gland on calyx lobe less conspicuous, usually up to 1 mm in diameter. Capsule 14-15 × 11-12 mm, ovoid-conical, appressed-setose. Seeds with minute pectinate scales.
Notes: Somewhat similar to Hibiscus cannabinus.
Derivation of specific name: meeusei: named after Dr A.D.J. Meeuse, Dutch botanist, who worked in the National Herbarium in Pretoria
Habitat: Mostly occurring in disturbed places, roadsides and waste land
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Caprivi-Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Annual, biennial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 25 May 2009

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

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

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 442 - 443.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 285. (Includes a picture).

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. 73, plate 100

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.

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Flora of Botswana: Hibiscus meeusei
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Flora of Mozambique: Hibiscus meeusei
Flora of Zambia: Hibiscus meeusei

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus meeusei
African Plant Database: Hibiscus meeusei
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hibiscus meeusei
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Hibiscus meeusei
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hibiscus meeusei
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hibiscus meeusei
JSTOR Plant Science: Hibiscus meeusei
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hibiscus meeusei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus meeusei
Plants of the World Online: Hibiscus meeusei
Tropicos: Hibiscus meeusei
Wikipedia: Hibiscus meeusei

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hibiscus meeusei.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139450, retrieved 28 October 2020

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