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Photo by Bill Hagblom.


Photo by Bill Hagblom.

Author: Elmer Drew Merrill, 1924
Family:  MALVACEAE
Origin Cambodia, China, India, Java, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland; Australia, Thailand, Vietnam
Soil:  Rich - Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres - 2 Meters
Flower:  White - Pale Yellow - Dark Pink
Propagate Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Hibiscus, Native Rosella, Creeping Pink Swamp Hibiscus
Synonyms:  Abelmoschus brevicapsulatus, Hochr.
Abelmoschus coccineus, S.Y.Hu
Abelmoschus esquirolii, S.Y.Hu
Abelmoschus moschatus var. rugosus, Hochr.
Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus, Borss.Waalk.
Abelmoschus rhodopetalus, F.Muell.
Abelmoschus rugosus, Wall. ex Wight & Arn.
Abelmoschus sharpei, Copel. ex Merr.
Abelmoschus todayensis, Elmer
Abelmoschus vanoverberghii, Merr.
Hibiscus bellicorus, H.LÚv.
Hibiscus brevicapsulatus, Hochr.
Hibiscus esquirolii, H.LÚv.
Hibiscus hirtus, Buch.-Ham. ex Roxb.
Hibiscus moschatus, Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.
Hibiscus rhodopetalus, F.Muell. ex Benth.
Hibiscus rhodopetalus var. angustisectus, Domin
Hibiscus rhodopetalus var. chillagoensis, Domin
Hibiscus rhodopetalus f. typica, Domin
Hibiscus rugosus, Roxb. ex Mast.
Hibiscus sagittifolius, Kurz
Hibiscus sharpei, Hochr.
Hibiscus subnudus, Craib
Hibiscus todayensis, Hochr.

This member of the Malvaceae family was this name by Elmer Drew Merrill in 1924. It is found in Cambodia, China, India, Java, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland; Australia, Thailand and Vietnam, growing in a rich but drained soil with some to lots of water and some sun. It will grow up to 30 centimetres in height, with two meters long vines, and the tubers will get up to five centimetres thick. The flowers are white over pale yellow to dark pink.

The genera name after Persian abu'l-mishk; 'father to musk', probably due to the smell of the seeds. The species name means 'arrow-formed leaves'.