Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial or annual shrubs (rarely trees) or herbs, variably stellate-pubescent. Leaves alternate, petiolate, entire or lobed; stipules usually present, linear. Flowers bisexual, usually solitary in leaf-axils; epicalyx of c. 6–13 linear lobes, free or shortly united at base; calyx 5-lobed, persistent in fruit; petals 5, free; stamens numerous; style branches and locules each 5, or style-branches united; stigmas 5, capitate; ovules several per locule. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds reniform, sometimes pubescent.

About 300 species world-wide, mostly from tropical and warm-temperate regions; about 69 species in Australia (5 introduced).

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Hibiscus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-27
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
Higher taxa
genus Hibiscus
Subordinate taxa