Hibiscus pusillus Thunb.

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Hibiscus pusillus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umguza Nature Reserve, Bulawayo.

Hibiscus pusillus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umguza Nature Reserve, Bulawayo.

Hibiscus pusillus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umguza Nature Reserve, Bulawayo.

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Synonyms: Hibiscus atromarginatus Eckl. & Zeyh.
Hibiscus gossypinus Thunb.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 5-30 cm high with annual, more or less prostrate to ascending shoots growing from a woody rootstock. Stems rough with stellate hairs. Leaves elliptic to almost circular in outline, 5-6 cm long, very variable from unlobed to very deeply 3-5-lobed almost to the base; lobes more or less narrowly elliptic, often sharply pinnately lobed or toothed, hairless or with rough hairs; margin often purple-edged; petiole 2-15 mm long. ; stipules 5-7 mm long, softly needle-like. Flowers solitary, axillary, yellow with a dark purple-maroon centre, rarely pink, up to 6 cm in diameter; peduncle 1.5-12 cm long. Epicalyx bracts 8-11, needle-like, 3-12 mm long. Calyx lobes up to 25 mm long, narrowly lanceolate-triangular, pointed. Capsule 10-12 mm long, rough-hairy on the valves. Seeds embedded in white, brownish or reddish silky floss.
Derivation of specific name: pusillus: insignificant, small, weak
Habitat: In mopane and Acacia woodland and among rocks.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 17 February 2016

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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 84.

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Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 203. (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.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 286 - 287. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 84.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 156 - 157. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hibiscus pusillus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139550, retrieved 21 July 2024

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