1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Hibiscus L.
      1. Hibiscus mutatus N.E.Br.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Malawi to Northern Prov.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Shrub up to 2–2·5 (5) m. tall; branchlets ± patent-stellate-hispid, some hairs projecting to c. 0·5 mm.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina up to 3·5 × 3 cm., elliptic or ovate to sub-orbicular in outline with tendency to become 3-lobed, rather densely stellate-hispid on both surfaces, apex obtuse or rounded, margin irregularly crenate-serrate, base obtuse to slightly cordate 5–7-nerved; petiole 4–15 mm. long; stipules 4 mm. long, acicular.
    Flowers
    Flowers 2–2·5 cm. in diam., opening pure white and turning rose-pink, solitary, axillary; peduncle up to 3 cm. long, articulated 5 mm. below the apex.
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx of 5–7 bracts; bracts 4–7 mm. long, linear.
    Calyx
    Calyx up to 10 mm. long, hispid; lobes 5–8 × 1–2 mm., linear-triangular.
    Corolla
    Petals 1–2 cm. long, obovate to elliptic, stellate-setose outside, glabrous inside.
    Stamens
    Staminal tube 6–8 mm. long; free parts of filaments 0·5 mm. long.
    Style
    Style-branches 5–7 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule 8–9 × 8–10 mm., subglobose, pubescent.
    Seeds
    Seeds with a white silky floss.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Hibiscus mutatus N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1957 Cecil, E. [108], Angola K000240653 Unknown type material

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1906: 99 (1906)

    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/
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