Hibiscus physaloides Guill. & Perr.

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Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mount Gorongosa

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mount Gorongosa

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mount Gorongosa

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mount Gorongosa

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhago Camp, Coutada 12

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhago Camp, Coutada 12

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhago Camp, Coutada 12

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhago Camp, Coutada 12

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhago Camp, Coutada 12

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhago Camp, Coutada 12

Hibiscus physaloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhago Camp, Coutada 12

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Synonyms: Hibiscus variabilis Garcke
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Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb, up to 2 m high, with somewhat irritant hairs on the stems. Leaves variously 3-7-lobed, stellate hairy on both surfaces with distinct chalk-like fragments on the undersurface near the base; apex pointed; margin irregularly crenate or dentate. Flowers c. 9 cm in diameter solitary, axillary, yellow with a dark purple-red centre. Epicalyx of 7-10 bracts, filiform, 6-10 mm long. Calyx with ovate-elliptic lobes up to 20 mm long, hairy, joined at the base for 3-6 mm. Capsule, ovoid, c. 15 × 10 mm.
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Habitat: On dry stony ground in places of old cultivation and disturbed areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Madagascar and Seychelles.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Content last updated: Friday 29 April 2016
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 204.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 464 - 465. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 60.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus physaloides
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hibiscus physaloides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus physaloides
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hibiscus physaloides
Tropicos: Hibiscus physaloides


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hibiscus physaloides.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139530, retrieved 24 November 2017

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