1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Hibiscus L.
      1. Hibiscus pusillus Thunb.

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb 5–30 cm. high with ± prostrate annual shoots from a woody rootstock; stems hispid or with appressed stellate hairs or a mixture of patent and oppressed hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 5–6 × 2–4·5 cm., suborbicular to elliptic in outline, not lobed to deeply 3–5-palmatisect, nearly glabrous to hispid, especially on the nerves of the lower surface; lobes narrowly elliptic to sharply toothed or pinnatifid; petiole 2–15 mm. long; stipules 5–7 mm. long, subulate.
    Flowers
    Flowers up to 6 cm. in diam., yellow (rarely pink) with a purple or crimson centre, usually solitary, axillary; peduncle 1·5–12 cm. long, inconspicuously articulated near the apex.
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx of 8–11 bracts; bracts 3–12 mm. long, acicular.
    Calyx
    Calyx up to 25 mm. long; lobes 7–25 × 3–8 mm., narrowly lanceolate-triangular, acute.
    Corolla
    Petals 1–4·5 cm. long, obovate, nearly glabrous or with a few scattered stellate hairs.
    Stamens
    Staminal tube 4–8 mm. long; free parts of filaments 4–8 mm. long.
    Style
    Style-branches 2·5–4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule 10–12 × 10–12 mm., hispid on the margins of the valves.
    Seeds
    Seeds with a well-developed white, brownish or reddish silky floss.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Hibiscus pusillus Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1872 Drege [434] Hibiscus atromarginatus K000240593
    Zeyher [91], South Africa Hibiscus atromarginatus K000240595
    Drege [s.n.] Hibiscus atromarginatus K000240594
    Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 1900], Myanmar Hibiscus serratus K001114644
    Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 1900], Myanmar Hibiscus serratus K001114645
    Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 1900], Myanmar Hibiscus serratus K001114646
    Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 1900], Myanmar Hibiscus serratus K001114647

    First published in Prodr. Pl. Cap.: 118 (1800)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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