Hibiscus micranthus L.f.

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Hibiscus micranthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Bridge

Hibiscus micranthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Bridge

Hibiscus micranthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Bridge

Hibiscus micranthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi Bridge near Triangle.

Hibiscus micranthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi Bridge near Triangle.

Hibiscus micranthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi Bridge near Triangle.

Hibiscus micranthus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi Bridge near Triangle.

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Status: Native
Description:
Virgate shrubby herb occasionally reaching up to 2.5 m high but usually smaller. Stems covered in rough stellate hairs. Leaves more or less narrowly oblong-elliptic, lanceolate-elliptic to almost round, 1-5 cm long, stellate hairy on both surfaces; margin serrate; petiole 1-5 cm long. Flowers solitary, axillary but appearing as terminal racems due to reduction of the upper leaves, small, up c. 1 cm in diameter, white, pinkish or purplish; epicalyx of 5-7 filiform bracts, 1.5-3 mm long. Capsule depressed globose, 8-12 mm in diameter; seeds with a silky whitish floss.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: micranthus: small-flowered
Habitat: In various types of drier woodland, often in disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Arabia and India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 84.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 453.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 97. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 60.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 156 - 157. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 84.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 218.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hibiscus micranthus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus micranthus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hibiscus micranthus
Tropicos: Hibiscus micranthus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hibiscus micranthus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139470, retrieved 21 September 2017

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