Hibiscus species [Malvaceae]

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Scientific Name Hibiscus denudatus USDA PLANTS Symbol HIDE
Common Name Desert Hibiscus ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 21628
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Desert environment, arroyos and hillsides below 3000 ft.
Plant: Rough perennial shrub up to 3 feet tall with branches 2 to 4 feet long.
Leaves: Small, densely-hairy, ovate to orbicular leaves 1-1/2 inches across; toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Flowers 1-1/2 inches across with 5 thin, broad pink petals streaked with red at the base; short stamens grouped at center with slender pink filaments and pinkish red anthers; style rises above anthers topped by a lobed, pink stigma.
Bloom Period: Spring or all year depending on rainfall.
References: www.americansouthwest.net and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

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Scientific Name Hibiscus grandiflorus USDA PLANTS Symbol HIGR4
Common Name Swamp Rosemallow ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 21631
Family Malvaceae (Mallow) Flora of North America Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Freshwater and brackish marshes.
Plant: Stout, bushy perennial 6 to 9 feet tall.
Leaves: Large grayish-green palmately-cleft into three lobes, up to 10 inches across; toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Multiple large flowers with 5 pale-pink petals, 3 to 6 inches long with crimson bases; straight stamen column, pink to white; blossoms open late afternoon and last until the following noon.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: floridata.com and Wildflower Center.
Notes: Native to far southeast Texas and east to Florida; images below were taken at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
BONAP Distribution Map

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