1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Hibiscus L.
      1. Hibiscus kirkii Mast.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa to Namibia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect perennial herb up to 1·5 m. tall; stems tomentose, sparsely setose and often somewhat glandular.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina up to 10 (15) × 7 (12) cm., lanceolate to suborbicular in outline, rarely not lobed, usually 3–5-lobed, palmatifid or palmatisect, central lobe or segment usually much the longest, tomentose and setose on both surfaces, apex acute, margin crenate to serrate, base cordate; petiole up to 10 cm. long; stipules up to 10 mm. long, filiform to narrowly linear.
    Flowers
    Flowers up to 8 cm. in diam., yellow with dark purple or red centre, solitary, axillary, forming terminal racemes by reduction of the upper leaves; peduncle up to 3 cm., long, tomentose, articulated from near the middle to almost at the base.
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx of 7–9 bracts; bracts up to 8 mm. long, filiform.
    Calyx
    Calyx up to 15 mm. long, tomentose and setulose outside, appressed-pilose within; lobes ovate to triangular, joined at the base for 5–7 mm.
    Corolla
    Petals up to 4 × 3·5 cm., obliquely obovate, tomentose outside where not overlapped, glabrous inside.
    Stamens
    Staminal tube c. 20 mm. long; free parts of filaments 1–1·5 mm. long.
    Style
    Style-branches 1·5–2 mm. long (perhaps immature).
    Fruits
    Capsule up to 10 mm. in diam., broadly ellipsoid to subglobose, tomentose.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2 × 2 mm., angular-subreniform, sparsely lepidote.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe

    Hibiscus kirkii Mast. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1960 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000240793 Unknown type material
    Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000240676

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 199 (1868)

    Accepted by

    • 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
    • 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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0