1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Hibiscus L.
      1. Hibiscus allenii Sprague & Hutch.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Uganda to N. Botswana.

    [FZ]

    Malvaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Shrublet or perennial herb; stems stellate-hispid or strigose with yellowish patent simple or branched hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina up to 8 × 8 cm., ovate to sub-orbicular in outline, usually deeply 3–5-lobed, strigose to hispid above, stellate-hispidulous beneath, apex acute, base obtuse to truncate; lobes narrowly oblong lanceolate to elliptic, margins rather coarsely serrate; petiole up to 3·5 cm. long; stipules 4–8 mm. long, filiform.
    Flowers
    Flowers 1·5–2 cm. in diam., red, solitary, axillary; peduncle up to 4·5 cm. long, articulated above the middle.
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx of 6–7 bracts; bracts 2–4 mm. long, narrowly linear.
    Calyx
    Calyx up to 9 mm. long, stellate-hispidulous; lobes 7–8 × 1·5–2 mm., narrowly triangular, acute.
    Stamens
    Staminal tube 7–9 mm. long; free parts of filaments 0·5 mm. long.
    Style
    Style-branches 3–5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule 8–9 × 9–10 mm., subglobose, pubescent.
    Seeds
    Seeds glabrous or minutely pubescent.
    [FTEA]

    Malvaceae, Bernard Verdcourt & Geoffrey Mwachala. Pavonia, B Verdcourt; Kosteletzkya, OJ Blanchard Jr.; Gossypium, P Fryxell & B Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

    Type
    Lectotype: Uganda, Victoria Falls, Allen 103 (K!, selected by Exell in F.Z.)
    Habit
    Erect or prostrate perennial herb 0.3–1 m tall.
    Stem
    Stems spreading, simple hispid, with or without a longitudinal line of white pubescence
    Leaves
    Leaves ovate in outline, 3-5 × 3.5–6 cm, simple to shallowly 3-5-lobed to deeply 3–5-fid, rounded, obtuse or acute, base rounded or truncate, margin serrate, hispid above, densely stellate-setose below, veins prominently raised below; petiole 1.3–2.5 cm long, spreading-stellate-hispid, with or without a line of pubescence adaxially; stipules linear, 3–6 × 0.3–0.4 mm, hispid
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary in upper leaf axils; pedicel 2–3 cm long, articulated in the upper third, rusty brown above articulation, densely hispid; epicalyx of 8? linear bracts, 3 × 0.5 mm, setose; calyx lobes lanceolate, 5–6 × 2 mm, fused in lower third, densely setose
    Corolla
    Corolla red, 10–12 mm long, stellate-setose on the outside, glabrous inside.
    Stamens
    Staminal column 9–10 mm long; filaments 1.5 mm long; exserted part of styles 4–5 mm long, glabrous or sparsely pilose
    Fruits
    Capsule spherical, 9–10 mm, puberulous.
    Seeds
    Seeds wedge-shaped, dark brown, 2–3 × 1.5 mm, glabrous or sparsely brown-pubescent.
    Ecology
    Grassland, woodland and bushland; 1000–1300 m
    Distribution
    Flora districts: U2 T1 T3 T4 T7 Range: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi)

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Hibiscus allenii Sprague & Hutch. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    unknown [103], Zimbabwe K000240658 Unknown type material
    unknown [113] K000240659

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1907: 45 (1907)

    Accepted by

    • Verdcourt, B. & Mwachala, G.M. (2009). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Malvaceae: 1-170.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Verdcourt, B. & Mwachala, G.M. (2009). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Malvaceae: 1-170.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • F.Z. 1(2): 458 (1961).
    • K.B. 1907: 45 (1907)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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