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., 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
Flora of Caprivi: Hibiscus meeusei
Flora of Mozambique: Hibiscus meeusei
Flora of Zambia: Hibiscus meeusei

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus meeusei
African Plant Database: Hibiscus meeusei
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Hibiscus meeusei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hibiscus meeusei
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hibiscus meeusei
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Hibiscus meeusei
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hibiscus meeusei
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hibiscus meeusei
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Hibiscus meeusei
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hibiscus meeusei
Ispot Southern Africa: Hibiscus meeusei
JSTOR Plant Science: Hibiscus meeusei
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hibiscus meeusei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus meeusei
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hibiscus meeusei
Tropicos: Hibiscus meeusei

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 meeusei.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139450, retrieved 18 March 2018

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