Lunaria-Leaf Hibiscus
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Lunaria-Leaf Hibiscus
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Lunaria-Leaf Hibiscus
Botanical name: Hibiscus lunariifolius    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Cotyloplecta dongolensis, Cotyloplecta macrantha

Lunaria-Leaf Hibiscus is a shrub, densely covered with soft spreading hairs. Leaves are 7-16 x 6-18 cm, shallowly 3-5- lobed, heart-shaped at base; lobes pointed to tapering, sawtoothed, star-shaped-hairy; leaf-stalk to 25 cm long. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils or at branch-ends, in racemes. Bracts are 25 x 3 mm, linear-lanceshaped; calyx 15 mm long, bell-shaped, lobes tapering. Flower are large, 7-10 cm across, yellow with brown eye. Capsules are 2 x 1.5 cm, ovoid, blunt, cuspidate, star-shaped-hairy; seeds 2.5 x 2 mm, rugose. Lunaria-Leaf Hibiscus is found worldwide in Paleotropics. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu.

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