1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Hibiscus L.
      1. Hibiscus malacospermus (Turcz.) E.Mey. ex Harv.

        This species is accepted, and is native to Zimbabwe..

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb 6–24 cm. tall, with woody rootstock; stems stellate-setose.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 2–8 × 0·1–1·5 cm., narrowly linear, linear-elliptic or narrowly oblong, entire or rarely with a few coarse teeth, appressed-stellate-setulose especially on the nerves and margins, apex acute (rarely rounded), base narrowly cuneate 3–5-nerved; petiole up to 1 mm. long; stipules up to 12 mm. long, linear to subulate.
    Flowers
    Flowers up to 8 cm. in diam., purple, solitary, axillary; peduncle up to 6 cm. long, stellate-setose or stellate-hispid, articulated 5–10 mm. below the apex.
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx of 7–8 bracts; bracts up to 18 × 2 mm., linear, acute, sparsely stellate-setulose.
    Calyx
    Calyx 15–22 mm. long, usually slightly exceeding the epicalyx; lobes up to 20 × 6 mm., ovate-lanceolate, acute, slightly acuminate, stellate-setose, stellate-setulose or stellate-hispid especially on the margins, slightly joined at the base.
    Corolla
    Petals up to 5 × 3 cm., narrowly obovate to obovate, glabrous or nearly so.
    Stamens
    Staminal tube 10–12 mm. long; free parts of filaments 1–2 mm. long.
    Style
    Style-branches 4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule 10–12 × 10 mm., subglobose, sparsely setose.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3 × 2 mm., subreniform, tomentellous.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zimbabwe

    Hibiscus malacospermus (Turcz.) E.Mey. ex Harv. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Drege [s.n.] K000240785 Unknown type material
    Drege [421] K000240786
    illegible [s.n.], South Africa K000240783
    Gerrard, W. T. [1115] K000240784

    First published in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 1: 174 (1860)

    Accepted by

    • 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/
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