Hibiscus rhodanthus G├╝rke

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Hibiscus rhodanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Christon Bank

Hibiscus rhodanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Christon Bank

Hibiscus rhodanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Hibiscus rhodanthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Hibiscus carsonii Baker
Hibiscus micranthus L.f. var. sanguineus (Franch.) Hochr.
Common names: Dwarf red hibiscus (English) Poppy hibiscus (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, often only a few cm high, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems covered in stellate hairs. Leaves oblong or oblong-elliptic, stellate hairy; margins with spaced teeth. Flowers solitary, axillary, bright red, 2.5-4 cm in diameter, often appearing as terminal panicles by reduction of the upper leaves. Epicalyx of 6-7 bracts, 1-4 mm long, linear. Calyx up to 8 mm. Fruit a subspherical capsule, usually densely pubescent. Seeds with a white silky floss.
Derivation of specific name: rhodanthus: red-flowered
Habitat: In open Brachystegia woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From DRC and Tanzania, South to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 February 2013

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 94 - 95. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 204.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 457.

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. 76, plate 103


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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 rhodanthus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139570, retrieved 20 February 2018

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