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Pendulous Sleeping Hibiscus   
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Pendulous Sleeping Hibiscus
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Pendulous Sleeping Hibiscus
Botanical name: Malvaviscus penduliflorus    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Pendulous Sleeping Hibiscus is a shrubs, up to 2 m tall. Branchlets are hairy (hairs recurved) to hairless. Stipules are threadlike, about 4 mm, falling off. Leaf-stalks are 1-2 cm, hairy. Leaves are lanceshaped to narrowly ovate, 6-12 × 2.5-6 cm, both surfaces nearly hairless or hairy, basal veins 3, base broadly wedge-shaped to nearly rounded, margin toothed. Flowers occur singly, hanging from leaf axils, on 1.5 cm long stalks. Flowers are red, tubular, about 5 cm long. False sepals are about 8, spoon-shaped, 1-1.5 cm, margins ciliate. Sepal cup is slightly longer than epicalyx, hirsute. Stamen column is about 7 cm, protruding out of the flower. This flower is often confused with Sleeping Hibiscus.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi.
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