Hibiscus brachysiphonius F.Muell.

Low Hibiscus

Fragm. 1: 67 (1858) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Spreading herb, to c. 20 cm high, 30 cm diam., resprouting after summer rains from a perennial rootstock. Lower leaves obovate, upper leaves deeply 3-lobed, 1–5 cm long and wide; lower surfaces and petioles with scattered stellate (often 4-rayed) hairs, upper surfaces and margins mostly with sparse simple hairs, or sometimes glabrescent. Flowers solitary (rarely twinned) in upper axils; pedicels 3–12 cm long; epicalyx 8–10-lobed, 3–10 mm long, with scattered, mixed simple and stellate hairs; calyx 8–15 mm long (enlarging to c. 18 mm in fruit), the acute lobes united in the lower c. third; petals pale pink, c. 15 mm long, opening widely. Capsule subequal to fruiting calyx; seeds angular-reniform, c. 3 mm long, pubescent. Flowers Dec.–Apr.

RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Very rare in Victoria, apparently confined to cracking grey clay soils on the Murray River floodplain in the far north-west near Red Cliffs.

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
genus Hibiscus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hibiscus brachysiphonius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hibiscus brachysiphonius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory