Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Hibiscus palmatus Forssk.

Hibiscus palmatus


Family: Malvaceae
Full name: Hibiscus palmatus Forssk.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): Pale yellow hibiscus
Synonym(s): Hibiscus aristivalvis Garcke
Hibiscus intermedius A.Rich. - (1847), non Bél. (1834)
Hibiscus intermedius A.Rich. var. aristivalvis (Garcke) Hochr.
Hibiscus richardii Riedl
Status: Native
Description: Prostrate to erect annual or perennial herb; stems hispid and with a longitudinal line of crisped hairs. Leaves sparsely hispid mainly on the nerves, with petiole 1.5-7 cm long; blade deeply 3-5-lobed or divided, 1.5-12 x 2-16 cm, cordate at the base; lobes linear to narrowly ovate, rounded at the apex, with entire to irregularly dentate or incised margins. Flowers in leaf axils; pedicels 0.5-2 cm long, articulated near the base. Epicalyx bracts c. 8, c. 12-15 mm long, linear. Calyx 8-15 mm long; lobes triangular, 3-nerved. Petals 1.5-2.5 cm long, pale yellow or yellow, sometimes with a reddish base. Staminal tube 6-10 mm long. Capsule at maturity separating from receptacle and disintegrating, 6-9 mm long, subglobose, sparsely pubescent; valves with 1-3 mm long awns. Seeds c. 2.5 mm long, appressed pubescent. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Somalia)

Perennial prostrate herb; stems rather sparsely to densely setose or setulose and often with a longitudinal line of pubescence changing its radial position at each node. Leaf-lamina up to 12 x 16 cm in outline (usually much smaller), 3-5-palmatilobed or -sect, sparsely setulose mainly on the nerves, apex rounded, base cordate; lobes elliptic to narrowly lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, margins irregularly toothed or pinnatifid; petiole up to 6 cm long, sparsely setulose; stipules 3 mm long, filiform or subulate. Flowers 3.5-5 cm in diam., pale yellow or yellow, with or without a dark centre. Epicalyx of 7-8 bracts; bracts 12-15 mm long, filiform or narrowly linear. Calyx 10-15 mm long; lobes sub-scarious, triangular or narrowly triangular, joined for 2-3 mm at the base. Petals 3.5 x 2 cm, obliquely obovate, glabrous. Staminal tube c. 6 mm long; free parts of filaments 3-5 mm long; style-branches 3.5-4 mm long. Capsule 8-9 mm in diam., subglobose, sparsely pubescent; valves with awns 2-3 mm long. Seeds 3 x 2 mm, angular-subreniform, appressed-sericeous-pubescent. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 21 Dec 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/500 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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